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David S. Reynolds
Position: Distingished Professor, Graduate Center, CUNY. English
Phone: (212)-817-8319
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: American literature, particularly before 1900, with special interests in cultural studies, transnationalism, gender studies, historicist scholarship, biography, popular culture, the American Renaissance.
Specialization: African American Literature and Literary Theory|Autobiography, Biography, and Life-Writing|Cultural Studies|Early American Literature|Film and Literature|Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist/Queer Theory|History of the Novel|Nineteenth-Century US Literature|Popular Culture|Visual Culture

Selected Publications:

Books:

  • Mightier than the Sword: “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and the Battle for America. New York: W. W. Norton, 2011; paperback edition 2012.
    -- A New Yorker Favorite Book of the Year. A Kirkus Top Nonfiction Book of the Year. Top Spring Nonfiction Picks, Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. The 20 Smartest Nonfiction Reads for the Summer, Christian Science Monitor.

  • Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson. New York: HarperCollins, 2008. "Notable Books of the Year," New York Times Book Review. “Best Books of the Year,” Washington Post Book World.

  • John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Sparked the Civil War, Killed Slavery, Seeded Civil Rights. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. Winner of the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Prize.

  • Walt Whitman. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

  • Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, March 1995. Winner of the Bancroft Prize. Winner of the Ambassador Book Award. Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award. "Notable Books of the Year." New York Times Book Review.

  • Beneath the American Renaissance: The Subversive Imagination in the Age of Emerson and Melville. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988 (reprinted by Oxford University Press, 2011; reprinted by Harvard University Press, 1989). Winner of the Christian Gauss Award. "Notable Books of the Year," New York Times Book Review.

  • George Lippard (1982)

  • Faith in Fiction: The Emergence of Religious Literature in America. Cambridge, Mass. and London: Harvard University Press, 1981 (reprint 1984).

Editions:

  • Lincoln's Selected Writings: A Norton Critical Edition. New York: W. W. Norton, 2014.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.The Splendid Editon (first published 1853). Introduction by D. S. Reynolds. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

  • Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass: The 150th Anniversary Edition. Afterword by D. S. Reynolds. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

  • George Thompson, “Venus in Boston” and Other Tales of Nineteenth-Century American Life. With introduction by D. S. Reynolds and Kimberly Gladman. Amherst, Mass.: University of Massachusetts Press, 2002.

  • A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman. With introduction, capsule biography, historical chronology, and bibliographical essay by D. S. Reynolds. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

  • The Serpent in the Cup: Temperance and American Literature. Coedited by D. S. Reynolds and Debra Rosenthal. Amherst, Mass.: University of Massachusetts Press, 1997.

  • George Lippard, The Quaker City; or, The Monks of Monk Hall. Amherst, Mass.: University of Massachusetts Press, 1995.

  • George Lippard, Prophet of Protest: Writings of an American Radical, 1822-1854. Edited with introduction by D. S. Reynolds. New York: Peter Lang, 1986.