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What Blest Genius?


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Andrew McConnell Stott is the author of four books. The recipient of the Royal Society of Literature/Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction, he is professor of English at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.


"McConnell Stott's wildly exuberant new book... has brought this odd and oddly resonant event to enchanting and illuminating life." -- Simon Callow - The Sunday Times
"McConnell Stott writes with a clear brisk style and also an evident enjoyment of language..." -- Times Literary Supplement
"... highly entertaining book... sharp-eyed and funny account... Stott's book is a glorious study of the mother of all heritage events, and it's an excellent reminder of why they should be avoided like the plague." -- Emma Smith, Book of the Week - The Guardian
"... curious, passionate revisions of the Shakespearean myth... remind me why I came to enjoy Shakespeare so much in the first place." -- Emma Smith - Literary Review
"... lively account..." -- 100 sizzling summer books - Mail Online
"On the non-fiction side I enjoyed What Blest Genius? by Andrew McConnell Stott, a diverting account of the Shakespeare Jubilee of 1769 in Stratford-upon-Avon..." -- Nick Curtis, The Best Books of 2019 - Evening Standard

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