New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists. After being a finalist for a RITA—the top award in the genre of romance fiction awarded by the Romance Writers of America—over ten times, she won in 2013.
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After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press. Her "double life" is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. In her professorial guise, she's written a New York Times op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women's magazines such as More to writers' journals such as the Romance Writers' Report.
- As of the end of 2018, Eloisa has published 29 novels, 27 of which have hit the bestseller lists. She also wrote a bestselling memoir, Paris in Love. Her books are published in 28 languages and 30 countries, including Slovakia, Slovania, and both print and manga editions in Japan. Worldwide, she has approximately 6 million books published in print or electronically.
- Eloisa James is a professor of English literature, specializing in Shakespeare. She teaches at Fordham University in New York City. Oxford University Press published her academic book in 2000. After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale.
- With the exception of a year in Paris (during which she wrote her bestselling memoir, Paris in Love), and another in London, Eloisa lives in New York City during the school year and in Florence, Italy, during the summer. Her husband is a cavaliere, an Italian knight.
- Eloisa James is the daughter of poet Robert Bly (winner of the American Book Award for Poetry) and short story author Carol Bly. Her father is a big fan.
- Eloisa James’s godfather was the poet James Wright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his Collected Poems. Among those poems – and one of Wright’s most beloved – is a poem written for his goddaughter, Mary Bly (aka Eloisa James).
- In 2017, Eloisa was featured on CBS Sunday Morning’s Valentine’s Day segment and in 2014, Eloisa was featured in the NEH-sponsored documentary about romance, Love Between the Covers. The film debuted at the Library of Congress and won several film festival awards.
In 2013, Eloisa won the RITA Award, romance industry’s top honor, for Seduced by a Pirate.
- In 2012, Eloisa was the first romance writer asked to give a talk at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. She wrote an essay about it for the Washington Post.
- In 2009, Eloisa gave a keynote speech at the annual Romance Writers of America conference and appeared on the keynote panel at the Shakespeare Association of America conference.
- In 2005, Eloisa wrote an op-ed for The New York Times, defending the romance genre against the term “bodice-ripper.”
To be, or not to be—for Eloisa James, the real question is, why not be both? With degrees from Harvard, Yale, and Oxford, she finds time to write bestselling historical romance novels while teaching Shakespeare at Fordham University.
Eloisa shares how she met her husband, Alessandro Vettori ’95PhD, at Yale (He’s an Italian knight. For real) and why she started writing romance novels.
How a sensitivity reader helped romance novelist Eloisa James become more aware of her own blind spots, and made her determined to own her mistakes and grow.
Los Angeles Review of Books
A fascinating history of romance, and Eloisa appears—but as a scholar, not a writer!
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