John T. Matteson

John T. Matteson

John T. Matteson
Distinguished Professor
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JD   Harvard University
PhD   Columbia University
AB   Princeton University


John T. Matteson is a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography. He has an A.B. in history from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University. He also holds a J.D. from Harvard and has practiced as a litigation attorney in California and North Carolina. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal; The New York Times; The Harvard Theological Review; New England Quarterly; Nineteenth-Century Prose; Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies; and other publications. His first book, Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father, was awarded the Pulitzer in 2008. His more recent book The Lives of Margaret Fuller has been awarded the Ann M. Sperber Prize for Best Biography of a Journalist. Professor Matteson's annotated edition of Alcott's Little Women, published by W. W. Norton in 2015, reached #1 on Amazon's list of best-selling works of children's literary criticism. Professor Matteson is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and a former Fellow of the Leon Levy Center for Biography, where he formerly served as deputy director. He has received the Distinguished Faculty Award of the John Jay College Alumni Association and the Dean's Award for Distinguished Achievement by a Ph.D. Alumnus of the Columbia University School of Arts and Sciences. He is now writing a book about the Battle of Fredericksburg.

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