Andrew McConnell Stott's most recent book is What Blest Genius?: The Jubilee that Made Shakespeare (Norton, 2019), which tells the story of three strange days in 1769 that established William Shakespeare's reputation as the greatest writer of all time. What Blest Genius? won the National Award for Arts Writing, the Marfield Prize, and was a New York Times Book Review "Editor's Choice," and a book of the year for both the London Evening Standard and The Sunday Times. He is the author of four books of non-fiction: Comedy (Routledge, 2005; 2nd edn, 2014); The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi (Canongate, 2009), which won the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize for Non-Fiction, the Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography, the George Freedley Memorial Award, and was a BBC Radio 4 "Book of the Week"; and The Poet and the Vampyre: The Curse of Byron and the Birth of Literature's Greatest Monsters.
He is Professor of English at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.