Robert Matz

Robert Matz, author of The World of Shakespeare's Sonnets Robert Matz is Professor of English and Senior Associate Dean in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, where he teaches courses on Shakespeare and on Renaissance Literature.  He graduated summa cum laude in English and with distinction in all subjects from Cornell University in 1986.  He received his PhD in English and American Literature, with a focus on English Renaissance Literature, from The Johns Hopkins University in 1993.  He is also the author of Defending Literature in Early Modern England: Renaissance Literary Theory in Social Context (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and of articles on Shakespeare and on sixteenth-century poetry. He serves on the Central Executive Committee of the Folger Shakespeare Institute and is currently editing a set of English Renaissance guides to married life.  Occasionally he turns his hand to writing sonnets.



Choice Magazine

"The most realistically balanced, generally honest guide to these remarkable poems that this reviewer has encountered."  read more  

Jonathan Goldberg,
Emory University

"This is the book I would recommend to any novice and even to more experienced readers approaching the sonnets." read more

Nichole Lehman,
Chantilly High School

"This book will come in handy when I teach the sonnets." read more

Katherine Duncan-Jones, editor of the Arden Sonnets,
Oxford  University

"Matz proves himself to be a sharp and subtle analyst of individual Sonnets."
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