Before writing The Swerve, Professor Greenblatt was a prolific author and he wrote, edited, and published numerous articles and books, including but not limited to: Shakespeares Freedom (2010); Cultural Mobility (2010); Will in the World (2004); Hamlet in Purgatory (2001); Co-gen. ed. The Norton Anthology of English Literature (2000); Practicing New Historicism (with Catherine Gallagher, 2000); Gen. ed. Norton Shakespeare (1997); ed. New World Encounters (1993); ed. Redrawing the Boundaries (1992); Marvelous Possessions (1991); Learning to Curse (1990); Shakespearean Negotiations (1988); Renaissance Self-Fashioning (1980).
His many honors include the Modern Language Association's James Russell Lowell Prize, for Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance England, the Distinguished Humanist Award from the Mellon Foundation, the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.
Currently, Stephen Greenblatt is the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. He earned his B.A. from Yale in 1964, his M.Phil from Cambridge in 1966, and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1969.
Stephen Greenblatt is the Ricardo J. Quinones Distinguished Lecturer for 2013. Sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, Greenblatts Athenaeum talk centers on why and how the utterly unacceptable ideas reintroduced by the recovery of De rerum natura in 1417 managed to survive and be transmitted during pre-Enlightenment centuries that had no concept of toleration.