Annual Lecture of the Sussex Centre for Early Modern Studies.

Chowen lecture theatre, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
University of Sussex
FalmerEngland BN1 9PX
United Kingdom

All welcome
"Francis Bacon in Collaboration"
It has long been known that, early in his career, Francis Bacon wrote 
letters, treatises, and entertainments for his friend and patron, 
Robert Devereux, earl of Essex.  But if the young Bacon "wrote" Essex, 
then might not somebody else have "written" the mature Bacon?  I 
analyze the materials relating to the production of Bacon's later 
writings--and his treatment of writing in /New Atlantis/--and argue 
that we need to reconsider Bacon's oeuvre as a radically collaborative 

Alan Stewart is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at 
Columbia University, and International Director of the Centre for 
Editing Lives and Letters in London. He is the author of /Close 
Readers: Humanism and Sodomy in Early Modern England/ (1997), /Hostage 
to Fortune: The Troubled Life of Francis Bacon/ (with Lisa Jardine, 
1998), /Philip Sidney: A Double Life/ (2000), /The Cradle King: A Life 
of James VI and I/ (2003), and most recently, Shakespeare's Letters/ 
(2008).  He has just completed work on volume 1 of the Oxford Francis 
Bacon (containing Bacon's early writings, 1584-1586), and is 
co-editing, with Garrett Sullivan, the Blackwell /Encyclopedia of 
English Renaissance Literature.