Hazard Adams’ most recent book, Academic Child, tells the story of a life-long professional career in education and academics. Adams writes about researching and teaching in Ireland, his work as founding faculty at the University of California’s Irvine campus, and his experiences under the first endowed professorship in the humanities at the UW. Reaching beyond Adams’ formal academic career as student and teacher, the memoir voyages into memories of family, teachers, and acquaintances, occasionally punctuated with critical comments on the current state of higher education.
Hazard Adams is one of the world’s most preeminent scholars on William Blake, William Butler Yeats, Joyce Cary, and James Joyce. His most recent scholarly books include The Book of Yeats’ Vision: Romance Modernism and Antithetical Tradition (1995), Critical Essays on William Blake (1991), The Book of Yeats’ Poems (1990), and Antithetical Essays in Literary Criticism and Liberal Education (1990). Adams is also known for Critical Theory Since Plato (third edition 2004), one of the most influential and widely used anthologies of literary theory. In addition to his academic writing, Adams is the author of four novels and a collection of poetry, The Farm at Richwood and Other Poems (1999).