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Born in Bristol and educated at Oxford and St Louis, Dr Lennard has taught English, American and Commonwealth Literature in Cambridge, London, and Jamaica (where he held a Chair in British and American Literature) over more than 25 years.

He has written two widely used textbooks (on poetry and drama) and monographs on Shakespeare, Paul Scott, Nabokov, Faulkner, Tolkien, E. L. James, and David Weber, as well as two collections of essays on contemporary genre writers in crime, science fiction and fantasy, and romance.

Enthusiastic, discursive, widely knowledgeable, and a demon for punctuation (on which he has also published extensively), Dr Lennard has been a Summer programme Course Director and Panel Tutor for the Institute of Continuing Education since 1992, and also teaches on day and weekend courses at Madingley Hall.