Professor Thomas Corns FBA

The historically-informed study of 17th-century English literature; scholarly editing of 17th-century texts; stylistic criticism

Elected 2015

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-17th 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 published by Oxford University Press, of which, with Gordon Campbell, he is general editor.

Current post

Bangor University Emeritus Professor of English Literature


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