richard cook

Founders Professor
446 Lucas Hall

PhD, University of Michigan  
BA, Franklin and Marshall College

Richard M. Cook teaches courses in American literature, literary criticism, biography, and autobiography.  He is the author of  Alfred Kazin: A Biography (2008) and The Journals of Alfred Kazin (2011), both published by Yale University Press.  Other publications include a book on Carson McCullers and articles on Herman Melville, William Faulkner, Edmund Wilson, Lionel Trilling, and American literary criticism. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright teaching fellowship to West Germany, and a National Endowment of the Humanities research fellowship. Alfred Kazin: A Biography was selected by Choice magazine as an “Outstanding Academic Title from 2008” and selected as “Best Book of 2008" by the Washington Post.  Cook is currently working on a study (possibly a biography) of the critic Lionel Trilling.