Morris Dickstein is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a widely published reviewer and critic, perhaps best known for his book on the 1960s, Gates of Eden (1977, 1989, 1997), and Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression (2009), both of which were nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. Dancing in the Dark also received the 2010 Ambassador Book Award in American Studies from the English-Speaking Union. His other recent books include Leopards in the Temple: The Transformation of American Fiction, 1945-1970 (2002) and A Mirror in the Roadway: Literature and the Real World (2005). His reviews and essays have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, the Threepenny Review, and many other journals. He has served as vice-chair of the New York Council for the Humanities, on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, and as president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics. His memoir, Why Not Say What Happened: A Sentimental Education, was published by Liveright/Norton in February 2015, along with a new edition of Gates of Eden.
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