David S. Reynolds

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About the Author

David S. Reynolds is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center and Baruch College of the City University of New York. He is the author of Walt Whitman’s America: A Cultural Biography, winner of the Bancroft Prize and the Ambassador Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books include Beneath the American Renaissance: The Subversive Imagination in the Age of Emerson and Melville (winner of the Christian Gauss Award and Honorable Mention for the John Hope Franklin Prize), Whitman: A Very Short Introduction, George Lippard, and Faith in Fiction: The Emergence of Religious Literature in America. He is the editor of A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman, George Lippard, Prophet of Protest: Writings of an American Radical, 1822-1854, and Lippard’s The Quaker City; or, The Monks of Monk Hall by George Lippard. He is the coeditor of The Serpent in the Cup: Temperance in American Literature and George Thompson’s “Venus in Boston” and Other Tales of Nineteenth-Century City Life.

David Reynolds was born and raised in Barrington, Rhode Island. He earned the B.A. at Amherst College and the Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. He is married to the author and professor Suzanne Nalbantian. They live in Old Westbury and Sagaponack, New York. They have a daughter, Aline Reynolds, who attends Barnard College.

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