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Professor Thomas Corns FBA

The historically-informed study of seventeenth-century English literature; scholarly editing of seventeenth-century texts; stylistic criticism
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About this Fellow

Thomas Corns was born in Prescot, Lancashire, and educated at the local grammar school. He studied at Brasenose and University Colleges, Oxford, and spent a year as an exchange student to the Maximilianeum Foundation, Munich. His doctoral thesis provided the basis for The Development of Milton's Prose Style, published as the first Oxford English Monograph. Between 1975 and 2014 he worked at Bangor University (formerly the University College of North Wales and the University of Wales, Bangor), where he served at various times as head of department, head of the School of Arts and Humanities, and as a pro-vice-chancellor. He has published mainly on Milton and on the political literature of the mid-seventeenth century. He is an Honored Scholar of the Milton Society of America. Currently he is collaborating with David Loewenstein on a scholarly edition of Paradise Lost, a contribution to the eleven-volume Complete Works of John Milton (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008-), of which, with Gordon Campbell, he is general editor.



Current post

  • Emeritus Professor of English Literature, Bangor University


• The Milton Encyclopedia (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2012) (editor and author of c. 400 articles). 2012

• (with Gordon Campbell, John Hale and Fiona Tweedie) John Milton and the Manuscript of De Doctrina Christiana (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007). 2007

• (With Gordon Campbell) John Milton: Life, Work, and Thought (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008). 2008

• (With David Loewenstein and Ann Hughes, eds.) The Complete Works of Gerrard Winstanley, 2 vols. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009). 2009

• A New Companion to Milton, edited with several essays (Boston and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016). 2016

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