JOSEPH HONE

JOSEPH HONE

writer · historian · critic

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‘a remarkable achievement . . . as gripping as any historical thriller’

The Spectator

‘an exciting story told with vigour’

Literary Review

‘An elegant blend of scholarship and detection’
Peter Moore

Joseph Hone is a writer and academic based at Newcastle University, where he researches and teaches across the fields of literary studies and the history of the book. He is the author of three books about English literature, culture, and politics during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, though his research encompasses intellectual history and book history from the early modern period up to the present day. He previously studied and taught at Oxford, where he received his doctorate, before moving to research fellowships at Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, and the Institute of English Studies.

Joseph has a passion for uncovering neglected stories from the past: in print, online, and on screen. His trade debut is The Paper Chase, a work of narrative non-fiction which investigates a three-hundred year old mystery involving an anonymous sectarian pamphlet, a masked woman, a down-on-his-luck printer, and a plot to overthrow the government. It was published in 2020 by Chatto & Windus.

He has also written scholarly books on early eighteenth-century political writing and, most recently, on the early career of Alexander Pope. One of his long-running projects is editing Pope’s early poems for a major new edition to be published by Oxford University Press. He is currently working on a new work of non-fiction about the most successful forger of rare books ever to have lived and the two young men who exposed his crimes to the world. A full list of his academic writings for scholarly journals can be found on his faculty webpage.

Joseph lives in Newcastle with his wife and a mischievous cat. He spends much of his spare time on the coast or scrabbling around second-hand bookshops.

Joseph Hone is a writer and academic based at Newcastle University, where he researches and teaches across the fields of literary studies and the history of the book. He is the author of three books about English literature, culture, and politics during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, though his research encompasses intellectual history and book history from the early modern period up to the present day. He previously studied and taught at Oxford, where he received his doctorate, before moving to research fellowships at Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, and the Institute of English Studies.

Joseph has a passion for uncovering neglected stories from the past: in print, online, and on screen. His trade debut is The Paper Chase, a work of narrative non-fiction which investigates a three-hundred year old mystery involving an anonymous sectarian pamphlet, a masked woman, a down-on-his-luck printer, and a plot to overthrow the government. It was published in 2020 by Chatto & Windus.

He has also written scholarly books on early eighteenth-century political writing and, most recently, on the early career of Alexander Pope. One of his long-running projects is editing Pope’s early poems for a major new edition to be published by Oxford University Press. He is currently working on a new work of non-fiction about the most successful forger of rare books ever to have lived and the two young men who exposed his crimes to the world. A full list of his academic writings for scholarly journals can be found on his faculty webpage.

Joseph lives in Newcastle with his wife and a mischievous cat. He spends much of his spare time on the coast or scrabbling around second-hand bookshops.

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