Renowned Renaissance scholar Stephen Greenblatt is the father of the "new historicism" school of literary criticism, which concentrates on understanding works of literature within their historical, social, and anthropological contexts. His books include Hamlet in Purgatory, Practicing New Historicism, and Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for nine weeks. His latest title is The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, a history of the beginning of the Renaissance. He has received several honors and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Greenblatt is the Cogan University Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University.