Education: A.B. 1963 Yale; A.B./A.M. 1966 Cambridge; Ph.D. 1968 Princeton.
Interests: Restoration and 18th-Century Literature; Romanticism; Puritan Imagination; Enlightenment.
Selected Works: The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age (2019); Eternity's Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake (2015); Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World (2013); Tocqueville’s Discovery of America (2010); Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius (2005); The Sorrows of the Quaker Jesus: James Nayler and the Puritan Crackdown on the Free Spirit (1996); Fictions of Reality in the Age of Hume and Johnson (1989); The Imaginative World of Alexander Pope (1987);God’s Plot and Man’s Stories: Studies in the Fictional Imagination from Milton to Fielding (1985); Symbol and Truth in Blake’s Myth (1980); The Uses of Johnson’s Criticism (1976); Samuel Johnson and the Tragic Sense (1972).