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Park Honan, academic and author, was born on 17 September 1928 in Utica, New York, USA, the son of William Francis Honan, a thoracic surgeon and Annette Neudecker Honan, a journalist. He is a brother of the journalist William Holmes Honan of the New York Times.
After graduating from Deep Springs College, California, Honan went on to receive an MA from the University of Chicago in 1951. He moved to England in 1956 and studied at the University of London, gaining the degree of PhD with a thesis on Robert Browning in 1959.
Honan has produced several academic biographies of diverse writers, ranging from the Elizabethan period to the 19th century. In addition to extensive work on Browning, he has written biographies of Jane Austen, Matthew Arnold, William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. He has also edited an anthology of Beat Generation writers.
- Browning's Characters: A Study in Poetic Technique, Yale University Press, 1961
- (with William Irvine) The book, the ring, & the poet: a biography of Robert Browning, McGraw-Hill, 1974
- Matthew Arnold: A life, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1981
- Jane Austen: her life, Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1987
- Park Honan (ed.) The Beats: an anthology of 'Beat' writing, Dent, 1987
- Shakespeare: a life, Oxford University Press 1998
- Christopher Marlowe: poet & spy, Oxford University Press 2005