Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities
Primary Academic Program: Literature
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Classical Studies, Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures, Written Arts
Biography:Author, essayist, critic, translator. B.A., Classics, University of Virginia (1982); M.A., Ph.D., Classics, Princeton University (1994). Contributes reviews, articles, and features on cultural issues to many major publications, primarily The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books.
Books: The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity (Knopf, 1999; Vintage, 2000; selected as New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year); Gender and the City in Euripides' Political Plays (Oxford University Press, 2005); The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million (HarperCollins, 2006; New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Amazon.com Best History Book of the Year); How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken: Essays (HarperCollins, 2008; Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year); C. P. Cavafy: Complete Poems (translation, with introduction and commentary: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009, 2012; Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year); Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture (New York Review Books, 2012).
Awards and grants: National Book Critics Circle Award (The Lost), National Jewish Book Award (The Lost), Prix Medicis (France: The Lost), Premio WIZO-ADEI (Italy: The Lost), John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, National Book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Book Reviewing, George Jean Nathan Prize for Drama Criticism, two Mellon Foundation awards.