My research over the past decade has been dominated by work on the sixteen-volume Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne, of which I am General Editor. I have edited one of the first volumes to appear (Donne's early Jacobean court sermons), establishing texts from comparison of all print and manuscript witnesses, and writing detailed commentary on each sermon. I will also be editing a volume of Donne's sermons preached at St Paul's cathedral, and, in my capacity as General Editor, overseeing the volumes prepared by other contributing editors .
While on research leave for the academic year 2016-17, I will be returning in earnest to the writing of my OUP-contracted biography of Donne's elder contemporary, the leading ecclesiastic, preacher, and author, Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626), latterly famous as a prose stylist and inspiration for much of T S Eliot's later verse. This will be the first full-scale academic study of Andrewes' entire life, as well as of successive generations' appropriation of his religious and literary legacy.
As Fellow Archivist at Lincoln College, I have also become deeply involved in studying the College's historic collections of books and records. I am presently at work on a detailed study of the library bequeathed to the College by an eighteenth-century fellow, William Vesey (d. 1755) - a remarkable resource for understanding three generations of minor gentry men and women's book collecting and reading in rural Oxfordshire.
I welcome enquiries from potential post-graduate students interested in supervision in early modern religious writing, textual editing, biography, and history of the book.
English literature 1550-1760.