Stephen Jay Greenblatt (born November 7, 1943) is a literary critic, theorist and scholar. Greenblatt is regarded by many as one of the founders of New Historicism, a set of critical practices that he often refers to as "cultural poetics"; his works have been influential since the early 1980s when he introduced the term.
Greenblatt has written and edited numerous books and articles relevant to new historicism, the study of culture, Renaissance studies and Shakespeare studies and is considered to be an expert in these fields. His most popular work is Will in the World, a biography of Shakespeare that was on the New York Times Best Seller list for nine weeks.
He has been an editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature and the Norton Anthology of Shakespeare. He is also co-founder of the literary-cultural journal Representations, which often publishes articles by new historicists.
Greenblatt is the Cogan Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University.
It certainly is the case that Shakespeare has been the darling of an extraordinarily weird array of people.