Louis MenandThere is no doubt that Louis Menand is a great writer. He won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 2002 with his book The Metaphysical Club, and critics have praised him for his essays and articles in The New Yorker and various other publications. Just what makes him a great writer? Is it the clarity of his concise writing style? Is it his witty and subtle humor? Or is it his ability to transform dry subjects into dramatic prose?

This site is an introduction to one of America’s foremost cultural critics and historians. We have found his works to be intellectually stimulating and entertainingly gratifying at the same time. We hope to share this experience with you and believe you will quickly form your own opinions on why Menand is a great writer.

Louis Menand’s The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University is now available. Read more about the book here.