JOSEPH HONE

JOSEPH HONE

writer · historian · critic

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

The Spectator

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 a specialist in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with parallel interests in intellectual history, book history, and bibliography 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. 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 current projects is editing Pope’s early poems for a major new edition to be published by Oxford University Press. A future project concerns history’s most successful forger of rare books and the two young men who exposed his crimes to the world, which will form the basis of his next trade book. A full list of his academic writings for scholarly journals can be found on his faculty webpage.

Joseph currently lives in London, where he spends much of his spare time scrabbling through the city’s 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 a specialist in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with parallel interests in intellectual history, book history, and bibliography 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. 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 current projects is editing Pope’s early poems for a major new edition to be published by Oxford University Press. A future project concerns history’s most successful forger of rare books and the two young men who exposed his crimes to the world, which will form the basis of his next trade book. A full list of his academic writings for scholarly journals can be found on his faculty webpage.

Joseph currently lives in London, where he spends much of his spare time scrabbling through the city’s second-hand bookshops.

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