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"A reigning queen of romance" - CBS Monday Morning

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Eloisa's Media Kit

Eloisa has published over 30 historical romances, many of which have hit the bestseller lists. She also wrote a bestselling memoir, Paris in Love, as well as a contemporary novel, Lizzie and Dante. Her books are published in 28 languages and 30 countries, from Slovakia to Sweden. Worldwide, she has approximately 7 million books published in print or electronically. She lives in New York City and Florence, Italy.

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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” as a professor and romance writer 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.


Julie Paulauski
Publicity, Avon Books Publicity

Fast Facts

  • 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.
  • 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).

Career Highlights

Recent Press

The Review Geek

Born to be Wilde Named One of 10 Best Historical Romance Novels of All Time →

Feb 10, 2024

Eloisa's book, Born to be Wilde, appears alongside Julia Quinn's The Duke and I as one of the best Historical Romances of all time by The Review Geek.

Entertainment Weekly

Eloisa is Interviewed by Entertainment Weekly

May 20, 2020

Eloisa chats about the shy heroine of Say Yes to the Duke, "wilde" puns, and life in quarantine.

Fordham News

Shakespeare (and Eloisa) in Quarantine →

Apr 21, 2020

Eloisa discusses Shakespeare's life and a great work he likely created while in quarantine from the bubonic plague: King Lear.


Eloisa talks about her “secret” life as a Shakespeare scholar →

Feb 11, 2019

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 has given many interviews throughout her career. Click over for a selected list →

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