College Fellows and Staff

Dr Wilson-Lee

Dr Edward Wilson-Lee

Fellow in English

1596 Foundation Fellow

College Room: R2

College Tel: +44 1223 3 38045


Web: Department, Personal Website

Personal Biography

I am the 1596 Foundation Fellow and I teach early modern literature, Shakespeare, and medieval literature for the college; my research looks broadly at literature and the history of the book in the early modern period, and I am currently working on the history of Shakespeare reading/performance/translation in East Africa, as well as on the ways in which collections were organized in the early ages of print. The latter interest is taking shape through a project on the life and library of Hernando Colón (son of the explorer Columbus) about which more can be seen here

I also help to organize the College's 'Sidney Greats Lecture Series', which provides introductions to great texts, ideas, and figures for members of the College. The lectures are available to the public as podcasts, which can be accessed here.

Selected Publications


The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Young Columbus and the Quest for a Universal Library (William Collins; forthcoming, May 2018). Pre-order on Amazon

Shakespeare in Swahililand (William Collins--UK & Commonwealth, 2016; Farrar, Straus & Giroux--USA, 2016). German translation forthcoming (Random House/btb, 2018). Order at Amazon.

ed., with José María Pérez Fernández, Translation and the Book Trade in Early Modern Europe (CUP, 2014). 'Introduction' (co-written with José María Pérez Fernández), and chapter ('Glosses and Oracles: Translating the Reader in Early Modern Europe'). Buy from CUP or Amazon.


'Women's Weapons: Country House Diplomacy and the Countess of Pembroke's French Translations' in Rowan Tomlinson and Tania Demetriou, eds, The Culture of Translation in Early Modern England and France (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

"Shakespeare by Numbers: Mathematical Crisis in Troilus and Cressida", Shakespeare Quarterly (Winter 2013) Read Online

“William Birch”, “William Howell”, “Thomas Tusser”, in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature, ed. Alan Stewart and Garrett Sullivan (2012) Read Online

"The Bull and the Moon: Broadside Ballads and the Public Sphere at the Time of the Northern Rising (1569-70)" (Review of English Studies, 2011) Read Online

“‘The Subtle Tree’: Idolatry and Material Memory in Surrey’s Aeneid” (Translation and Literature, July 2011) Read Online 

“Romance and Resistance: Narratives of Chivalry in Mid-Tudor England”, Renaissance Studies 24/4 (September 2010), pp. 482-495. Read Online

“New biographical information on the author of 'A Continuation of Sir Philip Sidney’s Arcadia'”, Sidney Journal 26/1 (2008), pp. 57-64

“A Continuation of Sir Philip Sidney’s Arcadia” and “The knight of Curtesy and the Lady of Faguell”, introd. for EEBO Introductions, Early English Books Online