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Adam G. Hooks

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I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Center for the Book at the University of Iowa, where I teach courses on Shakespeare, early modern literature and culture, and the history of the book.

You can always download an updated version of my curriculum vitae.

Read an excerpt from Selling Shakespeare

I am the author of Selling Shakespeare: Biography, Bibliography, and the Book Trade (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Selling Shakespeare tells a new story about Shakespeare's life and career in print, a story centered on the people who created, bought, and sold books in the early modern period. The interests and investments of publishers and booksellers have defined our ideas of what is "Shakespearean," and attending to their interests demonstrates how one version of Shakespearean authorship surpassed the rest. This book identifies and examines four pivotal episodes in Shakespeare's life in print: the debut of his narrative poems, the appearance of a series of best-selling plays, the publication of collected editions of his works, and the cataloguing of those works. This book also offers a new kind of biographical investigation and historicist criticism, one based not on external life documents, nor on the texts of Shakespeare's works, but on the books that were printed, published, sold, circulated, collected, and catalogued under his name.

You can read two collaborative op-ed pieces in our local Iowa City newspaper, the Press-Citizen: the first on the bones of Richard III (with Blaine Greteman and Jeff Porter); and the second on Shakespeare, superheroes, and sequels (with Blaine Greteman). I also contributed to an article on the First Folio! traveling exhibition.

FYI: The broadsheet behind me in the picture above is an advertisement for Charles Kean's spectacular production of The Tempest in 1857. As you might guess, the emphasis was on the visual spectacle, which required Kean to apologize for the lengthy delay between acts due to the scene changes. If you find yourself curious for more details, I've embedded the printed version of the play, with Kean's notes, that accompanied the production below.