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Sir Jonathan Bate

Sir Jonathan Bate

Provost, Worcester College-Oxford

Worcester College
Oxford, OX1 2HB


  • Distinguished Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Provost, Worcester College-Oxford
  • Professor, Engilish Literature, Oxford University


Renowned Shakespearean and Eco-Critic, Sir Jonathan Bate, has been a Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge; King Alfred Professor of English Literature, University of Liverpool; and Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, University of Warwick. He has held visiting posts at Yale and the University of California-Los Angeles and is now Provost of Worcester College and Professor of English Literature, Oxford. He is a Fellow and former Vice-President of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

His many books include: The Genius of Shakespeare, described by RSC founder Sir Peter Hall as “the best modern book on Shakespeare;” a biography of the poet John Clare, which won Britain’s two oldest literary awards; Soul of the Age, an intellectual life of Shakespeare; and The Song of the Earth, a pioneering book on poetry and the environment. He co-curated Shakespeare Staging the World, for the British Museum. He is also author of a novel, The Cure for Love and the hit one-man play for Simon Callow, Being Shakespeare. In 2015, Sir Jonathan was knighted for his services to literary scholarship and higher education.



Bate, J. 2019. How the Classics Made Shakespeare. Princeton University Press. Princeton, NJ. ISBN: 9780691161600.


Bate, J. ed. 2018. Titus Andronicus: Revised Edition. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. ISBN: 978-1350030916.


Bate, J. 2015. Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life. Harper Collins. Great Britain. ISBN: 978-0062362438.


Bate, J. 2013. Romantic Ecology: Wordsworth and the Environmental Tradition. Routledge, first published in 1991. ISBN: 978-0415856591.


Bate, J. and D. Thorton. 2012. Shakespeare Staging the World. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199915019.


Bate, J. ed. 2011. The Public Value of the Humanities. Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN: 978-1849660624.


Bate, J. 2010. English Literature: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199569267.


Bate, J. 2009. Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare. Random House. ISBN: 978-1400062065.


Bate, J. and E. Rasmussen. 2007. The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. Red Globe Press. ISBN: 978-0230200951.


Bate, J. 2003. John Clare: A Biography. Farrar, Staus and Giroux. ISBN: 978-0374179908.


Bate, J. 2002. The Song of the Earth. Harvard University Press. ISBN: 978-0674008182.


Bate, J. 1998. The Genius of Shakespeare. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 0330371010.


Bate, J. ed. 1995. The Arden Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus. Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare. ISBN: 978-1903436059.


Bate, J. 1993. Shakespeare and Ovid. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0198129547.


Bate, J. 1989. Shakespearean Constitutions : Politics, Theater, Criticism, 1730-1830. Clarendon Press. ISBN: 9780198117490.


Bate, J. 1986. Shakespeare and the English Romantic Imagination. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0198128489.

Book Chapters


Bate, J. 2011. Introduction. Pp. 1-16 In: Bate, J. ed., The Public Value of the Humanities. ISBN: 978-1849660624.

Bate, J. 2011. The use and abuse of national history and the national poet. Pp. 56-67 In: Bate, J. ed., The Public Value of the Humanities. Bloomsbury Academinc. London. ISBN: 978-1849660624.