Eugene Goodheart

Eugene Goodheart is a prolific scholar of English literature, an acclaimed personal essayist, and a public intellectual. During his career in academe, Goodheart taught at Bard College, the University of Chicago, Mount Holyoke College, MIT, and Boston University before arriving at Brandeis University as the Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities in 1983, a post he held until his retirement in 2006. Goodheart has written extensively for both academic and general audiences, contributing regularly to periodicals such as Dissent, Sewanee Review, and Partisan Review, where he also served as a corresponding editor from 1978 to 2003. He has published over a dozen books of literary criticism, reflections on the humanities, and personal essays, and has earned many academic distinctions, including fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Holding the Center: In Defense of Political Trimming is a memoir of his life as a literary critic and teacher and his most recent book, Mostly Grave Thoughts: On Mortality and Other Matters, is a collection of reflections on aging, marriage, friendship and the emotions.

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