Sir Stanley Wells BA (UCL), PhD (Birmingham), Hon PhD (Munich), Hon DLitt (Furman, Hull and Durham)

Shakespeare Institute
Emeritus Professor, Honorary Fellow of The Shakespeare Institute

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Sir Stanley Wells, CBE, is Chairman of the Trustees of Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies of the University of Birmingham, and Honorary Emeritus Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, of which he was for many years Vice-Chairman. He holds a PhD of the University of Birmingham and honorary doctorates from Furman University, South Carolina, and from the Universities of Munich, Hull, Durham, Craiova, Marburg and Warwick.  His books include Literature and Drama; Royal Shakespeare: Studies of Four Major Productions at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre; Modernizing Shakespeare’s spelling; Re-editing Shakespeare for the Modern Reader; and Shakespeare: the Poet and his Plays. He edited A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard II, and The Comedy of Errors for the New Penguin Shakespeare and King Lear for the Oxford Shakespeare. He was for nearly twenty years the editor of the annual Shakespeare Survey, and writes for the New York Review of Books and many other publications. He has edited The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Studies and is General Editor (with Gary Taylor) of The Complete Oxford Shakespeare and co-author of William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion. His most recent books are Shakespeare in the Theatre: An Anthology of Criticism; The Oxford Dictionary of Shakespeare; The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (edited with Michael Dobson); Shakespeare For All Time; Looking for Sex in Shakespeare; Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Coffee with Shakespeare, both co-authored with Paul Edmondson, Shakespeare & Co., and Is It True What they Say About Shakespeare? His Shakespeare, Sex, and Love appeared from OUP in 2010. He is married to the writer Susan Hill and has two daughters