John Mullan is a Professor of English at University College, London. He studied at Cambridge University, and became a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge and Lecturer at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
A broadcaster and literary journalist, he writes for The Guardian and reviews for various newspapers and magazines. He was a judge of the Man Booker Prize in 2009.
He specialises in 18th-century literature and is the author of Sentiment and Sociability: The Language of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century (1988); How Novels Work (2006); and Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature (2007). He has edited several 18th-century texts, including Defoe: The Political History of the Devil and A Journal of the Plague Year (2004); and Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets (2009). He is the general editor of the series Lives of the Great Romantics by their Contemporaries, and Associate Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
His latest book is What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved (2012).