Hello. My name is Alan Jacobs. I am Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University, and a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.
My next book (well, you know, “my” book) is a critical edition of W. H. Auden’s 1955 collection of poems The Shield of Achilles. You may pre-order it at the Princeton University Press website or at Amazon.
My most recent already-published book is called Breaking Bread with the Dead. You may get a brief preview of it by reading this excerpt.
My previous book is called The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis.
Before that I published How to Think. And before that came The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography and a critical edition of Auden’s long poem The Age of Anxiety (both Princeton University Press, 2013). You can find a mostly-complete list of my books here. You can also look at a PDF of my CV.
Here are some essays I’ve published in the past few years:
If you would like to invite me to speak, first of all Thank you, but I am no longer doing public speaking, for reasons I explain here.
If you are a student of mine, here are some pages for you to look at:
- My FAQ on general policies
- A page on grades and grading
- A page explaining why I don't use Canvas (and other related technologies)
Here are a few other online places where you can find my writing: