Dr. Thomas L. Jeffers

Thomas L. Jeffers
Dr. Thomas L. JeffersMarquette University

Off campus

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America

Emeritus Professor

I have written a biography of Norman Podhoretz, a Jewish-American writer, editor, and controversialist, which Cambridge University Press will bring out as a 'featured book' in the spring of 2010. I teach classes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction, Shakespeare, poetry, survey of American literature, you name it. Hobbies include painting with watercolor and pastel, listening to classical music, hiking and biking, and trying to keep my tennis game from deteriorating altogether.

Courses Taught

  • Victorian and Edwardian Literature

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth-century Literature
  • Twentieth-century Literature


  • Norman Podhoretz: A Biography.  Cambridge University Press. 2010.
  • Apprenticeships: The Bildungsroman from Goethe to Santayana. Palgrave, 2005
  • The Norman Podhoretz Reader. Free Press, 2004. (Editor)
  • "What They Talked About When They Talked About Literature." Commentary and American Life. Temple, 2005.
  • "The Logic of Material Interests in Conrad’s Nostromo." Raritan (Fall 2003)
  • "What Remains of Robert Lowell." Commentary (October 2003)
  • "Nice Threads: Tennyson’s Lady of Shalott as Artist." Yale Review 89(Fall 2001).

Honors and Awards

  • Bodman Foundation Grant
  • The Bradley Foundation Grant
  • Anonymous Foundation Grant

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