William Ian Miller

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William Ian Miller (born March 30, 1946) is the Thomas G. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan.[1] He is also Honorary Professor of History at the University of St. Andrews.[2] His area of specialty is the sagas of medieval Iceland, but he also has written extensively on revenge and on various emotions, mostly self-attentional. He grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, received his BA from the University of Wisconsin in 1969; a Ph.D in English and a JD in law at Yale 1975, 1980.[3]


  • Outrageous Fortune: Gloomy Reflection on Luck and Life. Oxford University Press. 2021. ISBN 978-0197530689.
  • Hrafnkel or the Ambiguities. Oxford University Press. 2017. ISBN 9780198793038
  • Why is your axe bloody? : a reading of Njáls saga. Oxford University Press. 2014. ISBN 9780198704843.
  • Losing It, in which an aging professor laments his shrinking brain, which he flatters himself formerly did him noble service: a plaint, tragic-comical, historical, vengeful, sometimes satirical and thankful in six parts, if his memory does yet serve. Yale University Press. 2011. ISBN 9780300171013.
  • Audun and the polar bear : luck, law, and largesse in a Medieval tale of risky business. Brill Academic Publishers. 2008. ISBN 9789004168114.
  • Eye for an eye. Cambridge University Press. 2006. ISBN 9780521856805.
  • Faking it. Cambridge University Press. 2003. ISBN 9780521613705.
  • The mystery of courage. Harvard University Press. 2000.
  • The anatomy of disgust. Harvard University Press. 1997. ISBN 9780674031555.
  • Humiliation : and other essays on honor, social discomfort, and violence. Cornell University Press. 1993. ISBN 9780801481178.
  • Bloodtaking and peacemaking : feud, law, and society in saga Iceland. University of Chicago Press. 1990. ISBN 9780226526805.
  • Law and literature in Medieval Iceland : Ljósvetninga sagaand Valla-Ljóts saga. Stanford University Press. 1989. ISBN 9780804715324.