Daniel R. Schwarz

Daniel R. Schwarz is Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English Literature and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University

Schwarz as taught at Cornell since 1968. In 1998 he received Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences Russell award for distinguished teaching, and the Weiss title also speaks to his teaching prowess. His most recent book is Higher Education, entitled How to Succeed in College and Beyond: The Art of Learning (Wiley-Blackwell, winter, 2016). He is the author of the 2012 Crises and Turmoil at the New York Times (SUNY Press) which has gotten a good deal of attention and excellent reviews and is now out in a new 2014 paperback edition with a New Preface and some fine-tuning. His latest book is Reading the European Novel to 1900 (2014). In recent years he has published In Defense of Reading: Teaching Literature in the Twenty-First Century (2008) in the prestigious Blackwell Manifesto series. His books include Reading the Modern British and Irish Novel, 1890-1930 (2004), Broadway Boogie Woogie: Damon Runyon and the Making of New York City Culture (2003), Imagining the Holocaust (1999), Rereading Conrad (2001), Reconfiguring Modernism: Explorations in the Relationship Between Modern Art and Modern Literature (1997), Narrative and Representation in Wallace Stevens (1993)--a Choice selection for best academic book of 1993; The Case for a Humanistic Poetics (1991), The Transformation of the English Novel, 1890-1930 (1989; revised 1995), Reading Joyce's "Ulysses" (2004; orig. ed 1987); The Humanistic Heritage: Critical Theories of the English Novel from James to Hillis Miller (1986); Conrad: The Later Fiction (1982); Conrad: "Almayer's Folly" through "Under Western Eyes" (1980); and Disraeli's Fiction (1979). He has edited Joyce's The Dead (1994) and Conrad's The Secret Sharer (1997) in the Bedford Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series, and co-editor of Narrative and Culture (1994). He has also edited the Penguin Damon Runyon (2008). He served as consulting editor of the six-volume edition of The Early Novels of Benjamin Disraeli (2004) for which he wrote the General Introduction. He is General Editor of the multi-volume critical series Reading the Novel for which he wrote Reading the Modern British and Irish Novel, 1890-1930 (2004) and is now writing Reading the European Novel since 1900. Schwarz has directed nine NEH seminars, and has lectured widely in the United States and abroad, including a number of lecture tours under the auspices of the academic programs of the USIS and State Department. He has held three endowed visiting professorships. He not only has published about 90 poems, some of which are available on his web page and a little fiction, but also writes travel articles for newspapers. His former graduate students and NEH participants have published a festschrift in his honor entitled Reading Texts, Reading Lives: Essays in the Tradition of Humanistic Cultural Criticism in Honor of Daniel R. Schwarz, eds. Helen Maxson and Dan Morris University of Delaware Press and Rowman and Littlefield, 2012. Schwarz’s interests include travel, art museums, theatre, dance, and sports, especially swimming and playing tennis. His two sons are Cornell graduates: 1) David '89, varsity woman's tennis coach at Claremont; at Middlebury he coached the men's team to two Division Three National Team Championships. 2 )Jeffrey '94, currently working in Boston as a Senior Associate Product Manager in the mutual fund industry. Schwarz is married to Marcia Jacobson, a retired scholar who held the Hargis Professorship in American Literature at Auburn University. Daniel R. Schwarz can be reached at and followed on twitter at and