Prof Adrian Poole, Trinity



Biographical Information

Adrian Poole held a personal Chair in English Literature until 2015 when he retired from the Faculty. He continues to do some teaching and administration for Trinity College, where he has been a Fellow since 1975. He is one of the General Editors of the Complete Fiction of Henry James (Cambridge University Press), for which he has himself edited The Princess Casamassima (winner of the MLA award for a Scholarly Edition, 2022).

Research Interests

Literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially prose fiction; comparative tragedy; literature and translation; the afterlives of the classics and Shakespeare in English literature; writing on war. Publications include monographs on George Gissing, Henry James, and Shakespeare and the Victorians, and editions of Dickens, Stevenson and James; also Tragedy: Shakespeare and the Greek Example and Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction, and (with Jeremy Maule) The Oxford Book of Classical Verse in Translation. He is a general editor of the series Great Shakespeareans (Continuum), and of The Complete Fiction of Henry James (Cambridge University Press), for which he is himself editing The Princess Casamassima.

Selected Publications

  • “Henry James and Charm”, F. W. Bateson Memorial Lecture 2011, Essays in Criticism, LXI (April 2011): 115-136
  • Great Shakespeareans, vol. V: Scott, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy, Ed. Adrian Poole, Continuum, 2011
  • FitzGerald’sRubáiyát of Omar Khayyam”: Popularity and Neglect, Eds Adrian Poole, Christine van Ruymbeke, William H. Martin and Sandra Mason, Anthem Press, 2011
  • “Dickens and Shakespeare’s Ghost”, in Shakespeare without Boundaries: essays in honor of Dieter Mehl, Eds Christa Jansohn, Lena Cowen Orlin and Stanley Wells, Delaware Press, 2010
  • Henry James, Washington Square, Ed. Adrian Poole, Oxford University Press, 2010
  • “The Disciplines of War, Memory and Writing: Shakespeare’s Henry V and David Jones’s In Parenthesis”, Critical Survey: special issue on the cultures of commemoration, Eds Clara Calvo and Ton Hoenselaars, 22.2 (2010): 91–104
  • Cambridge Companion to English Novelists, Ed. Adrian Poole, Cambridge University Press, 2009
  • Henry James, The Ambassadors, Ed. Adrian Poole, Penguin, 2008
  • Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2005
  • Shakespeare and the Victorians, Arden Shakespeare, 2004
  • Victorian Shakespeare, 2 vols, Ed. Gail Marshall and Adrian Poole, Palgrave Macmillan, 2003