Magazines Articles & Journalism (links provided)

7 Books by L.M. Montgomery That Aren't Anne of Green Gables. Mental Floss (November 2021)

The Secret Codes of Lady Wroth, The First Female English NovelistSmithsonian Magazine (September 2021)


Our Second AprilLA Review of Books (May 2021).

(Quarantined In) A Room of One's OwnLA Review of Books (May 2020).

Book Chapters

"Who Had a Hand In the Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia?" In Early Modern Women's Marginalia in English Printed Books. Eds. Rosalind Smith and Katherine Acheson (volume at proposal stage).

"Romance and Race." In The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Women's Writing in English, 1500-1700. Eds. Danielle Clarke, Elizabeth Scott-Bauman and Sarah C.E. Ross (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2022).

Reference Works

"Binders and Bindings." In The Palgrave Encyclopaedia of Early Modern Women's Writing. Eds. Helen Smith, Ben Wilkinson-Turnbull, Rosalind Smith, and Patricia Pender (Palgrave, forthcoming 2022).

"Gender." In The Palgrave Encyclopaedia of Early Modern Women's Writing. Eds. Danielle Clarke, Rosalind Smith, and Patricia Pender (Palgrave, forthcoming 2022).

Academic Articles


“Milton’s Shakespearean Cloak and the Art of Readership in 'L’Allegro'/'Il Penseroso'.” Milton Studies (forthcoming Spring 2023)

"'Many Ciphers, Although But One For Meaning': Lady Mary Wroth's Many-Sided Monogram," English Literary Renaissance (forthcoming Winter 2021).

"The Shadow Casts a Body: Racial Dialogue in Two Neo-Latin Lyrics Attributed to George Herbert." Studies in Philology 117, no. 1 (2020): 108-128.


"The Danger in Metaphor:“Dismembering Resemblances” in Dunbar and King Lear." Shakespeare 16, no. 2 (2020): 145-159.

Blog Posts

Mr. William Shakespear's Comedies, Histories, and TragediesEarly Modern Female Book Ownership Blog (September 2021).

Poems By the Most Deservedly Admired Mrs Katherine Philips (1667). Early Modern Female Book Ownership Blog (January 2021).

Samuel Daniel and John Trussel's A Continuation of the Collection of the History of England (1636)Early Modern Female Book Ownership Blog (March 2020)

Hayward’s Politics and Mottershed’s Anthology: Examining Parker K.8.14The Parker Library Blog (2017).


about me.

I am a writer and book historian (read book detective 🔎) at Harvard University, where I write about the real historical mysteries of the English Renaissance.


My first book, The Secret-Seekers: Renaissance Writers and the Birth of Code (currently in progress) tells the story of the Renaissance's obsession with codes, symbols, and ciphers. From Shakespeare to Mary, Queen of Scots — to figures you may not have heard of, like Lady Mary Wroth, the first female novelist — early modern authors coveted secrets and flirted with danger by concealing them in plain sight.


This book deciphers their hidden stories.

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