Lawrence Buell

Curriculum Vita: Short Form


  • A.B., Princeton University (English), 1961
  • Ph.D., Cornell University (English), 1966


  • Tunghai University (Taiwan), Instructor of English, 1963-5
  • Oberlin College, Asst./Assoc./Professor of English, 1966-90
    • Chair of Department, 1985-90
  • Harvard University, Professor of English, 1990-2011
    • Dean for Undergraduate Education, 1992-1996
    • Chair of Department, 1998-2004
    • John P. Marquand Professor of English, 1996-2002
    • Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, 2002-11, Research Professor 2011-

Selected Fellowships and Prizes

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowships, 1979-80, 2002
  • John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 1987-8
  • Modern Language Association (American Literature group) Jay Hubbell Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature Studies, 2007
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, elected 2008
  • Mellon Foundation Research Fellowship 2011-3
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 2014

Selected Bibliography: Books

  • Literary Transcendentalism: Style and Vision in the American Renaissance. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1973. Pulitzer Prize nomination.
  • The Morgesons and Other Writings, Published and Unpublished, by Elizabeth Stoddard. Critical edition, co-ed. with Sandra Zagarell. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1984. MLA James Russell Lowell Prize nomination.
  • New England Literary Culture: From Revolution Through Renaissance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986. Pulitzer Prize nomination.
  • The Environmental Imagination: Thoreau, Nature Writing, and the Formation of American Culture. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995.
  • Writing for an Endangered World: Literature, Culture, and Environment in the United States and Beyond. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001. John Cawelti Prize of the American Culture Association and Popular Culture Association for year’s best book in American Culture Studies.
  • Emerson. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003. Pulitzer Prize nomination. 2003 Warren-Brooks Award. 2004 Phi Beta Kappa Society Christian Gauss Award for outstanding work of literary criticism.
  • The Future of Environmental Criticism. Cambridge (U.K.): Blackwell, 2005. Japanese translation, 2008. Chinese translation, 2010.
  • Shades of the Planet: American Literature as World Literature. Ed. with Wai Chee Dimock. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007.
  • The Dream of the Great American Novel. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2014.
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