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Michael Lesy

Professor of Literary Journalism

Michael Lesy, professor of literary journalism, received a B.A. in theoretical sociology at Columbia University, an M.A. in American social history at the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in American cultural history at Rutgers University.

He has published 13 books of history, biography, and narrative nonfiction. Professor Lesy's most recent book, Repast: Dining Out at the Dawn of the New American Century, 1900-1910 (2013), written in collaboration with his wife, Lisa Stoffer, was inspired by the New York Public Library's Buttolph Menu Collection.

Many of his books have been based on historic photographs, gathered in archives; several have been based on oral histories, gathered during fieldwork. Professor Lesy’s first book, Wisconsin Death Trip, has remained in print since 1973. Professor Lesy’s book, Murder City (2007), grew out of a Hampshire College tutorial.

Professor Lesy’s books have been made into operas, plays, dance performances, and films. In 2007, the United States Artists Foundation named Professor Lesy its first Simon Fellow. In 2013, he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.


Affiliations
School for Interdisciplinary Arts

Recent and Upcoming Courses
IA-0276: The Past Recaptured: Photographs, Facts and Fictions, 1890-1910 (Spring 2014)
IA-0236: The Practice of Literary Journalism (Spring 2014)
IA-0236: The Practice of Literary Journalism (Spring 2013)
IA-0264: The Past Recaptured:Photographs,Facts,and Fiction,1935-1943 (Spring 2013)

 

Contact Us

Michael Lesy
Professor of Literary Journalism
Adele Simmons Hall 210
Mail Code CS
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
413.559.5399
malHA@hampshire.edu
 

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