Emma Smith

Emma is a Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the Oxford Faculty of English and a Fellow of Hertford College.

Her first trade book, This is Shakespeare, called by Alex Preston “the best introduction to the plays I’ve read, perhaps the best book on Shakespeare, full stop”, attracted praise from James Shapiro and Hilary Mantel, among others, and was a Times Book of the Year 2019.

Her new work, Portable Magic, a biography of encounters with books over the last millennium, focusing on the book as an object across centuries and continents, is forthcoming from Penguin Press.

Books by Emma Smith