Stephen, one of the world’s leading Shakespeare scholars, is professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written numerous essays and papers on Shakespeare and five books – including Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Edited with Analytic Commentary, for which he won both the 1977 James Russell Lowell Prize and the 1978 Explicator Prize. Stephen was educated at Harvard (A.B., Ph.D.) and at Cambridge University in England (B.A., M.A.), where he was a Marshall Scholar from 1955 to 1957. He was awarded an NEH Fellowship in 1968 and a Guggenheim Fellowship for 1970-71. The University of California, Berkeley, conferred on him its Distinguished Teaching award in 1982. In 1991, Georgetown University gave him an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters. In 1995 he received the OBE (Order of the British Empire).