Graduate and sometime Professor of English at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. Former garden historian for Colonial Williamsburg.
Martin has written excellent biographies of James Boswell (A Life of James Boswell (1999)), Edmond Malone and Samuel Johnson, although they lack the thorough annotations which characterise the earlier two-volume Yale biography by Frederick Pottle and Frank Brady.
- Martin, Peter (1991). The Pleasure Gardens of Virginia: From Jamestown to Jefferson. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
- Martin, Peter (1995). Edmond Malone, Shakespearean Scholar: A Literary Biography. Cambridge University Press.
- Martin, Peter (1999). A Life of James Boswell. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
- Martin, Peter (2008). Samuel Johnson: A Biography. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
- Martin, Peter (2009). Samuel Johnson: Selected Writings. Harvard University Press.
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