David Riggs

The Mark Piggott OBE Professor of English, Emeritus

David Riggs is a biographer and film critic who specializes in Renaissance literature. His first book, Shakespeare's Heroical Histories: Henry VI and Its Literary Tradition (1971), traces the influence of Shakespeare's grammar school education and apprentice work in the theater on his earliest plays. Ben Jonson: A Life (1989), is a biography of Shakespeare's most famous rival. His recent biography, The World of Christopher Marlowe, was published by Faber and Faber (2004) in the U.K. and Henry Holt (2005) in the U.S. Riggs is currently working on the life of Shakespeare. Full bio