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Adrian Poole is Professor of English Literature and a Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge, where he has taught since 1975. His work addresses a constellation of four fields: tragedy, literary translation, Shakespeare, and nineteenth-century English literature. He is particularly interested in the after-lives led by the classics and Shakespeare in the English literary imagination, the ways in which they are renewed by and a source of renewal for subsequent artists. His publications include Tragedy: Shakespeare and the Greek Example (1987) and more recently Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction (2005). With his late colleague Jeremy Maule he edited The Oxford Book of Classical Verse in Translation (1995); since then he has contributed to The Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation (2000) and to the nineteenth-century volume of the Oxford History of Literary Translation in English (2006). Other works include a monograph on Shakespeare and the Victorians, two volumes of co-edited essays on Victorian Shakespeare (all 2003), and various essays on nineteenth-century novelists such as Dickens, George Eliot, Hardy, Stevenson, Gissing, Kipling and (a particular enthusiasm) Henry James.

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