Richard M. Cook


Department Chair
446 Lucas Hall

B.A. Franklin and Marshall College
Ph.D. University of Michigan

Richard M. Cook, currently Chair of the English department at UMSL, 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.