Neill, Michael

Michael Neill was born in Tenby, South Wales in 1942. He spent the early part of his life in Ireland until 1955, when his family returned to New Zealand. He was educated at the University of Otago before proceeding to postgraduate work at the University of Cambridge.

Now Professor of English at the University of Auckland (where he has taught since 1967), he is the author of Issues of Death: Mortality and Identity in English Renaissance Tragedy (Oxford University Press, 1997) and Putting History to the Question: Power, Politics, and Society in English Renaissance Drama (Columbia University Press, 2000), a selection from his numerous essays on early modern literature. He has edited Anthony and Cleopatra for the Oxford Shakespeare, and is currently completing an edition of Othello for the same series.