Seth Lerer

Seth Lerer is Dean of Arts and Humanities and Distinguished Professor of Literature at the University of California at San Diego. He has taught at Princeton and Stanford and has published widely on the History of the English Language, as well as many other topics in literature and criticism. His book, Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language (Columbia University Press, 2007) has been widely reviewed as an accessible popular overview. His video and audio course for the Teaching Company, The History of the English Language, has been a best seller for a decade. Lerer has also published on the discipline of English and comparative philology and on children’s literature. His book, Children’s Literature: A Reader’s History from Aesop to Harry Potter (University of Chicago Press, 2008) won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Truman Capote Award in Literary Criticism. His most recent book is his memoir, Prospero’s Son: Life, Love, Books, and Theater, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2013.