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Alan Thomas

Editorial Director

I acquire scholarly and trade books in the humanities, particularly literature, biography, and criticism. I look for ambitious manuscripts marked by writerly assurance and unorthodox thinking, whether first books or those by established authors. Recent general interest titles include Teju Cole’s Black Paper, Amitav Ghosh’s The Nutmeg’s Curse, Susan Stewart’s The Ruins Lesson, and Anahid Nersessian’s Keats’s Odes: A Lover’s Discourse.

In literary studies, I am especially interested in books on poetry and poetics; British, European, and American literature; and critical theory. Recent and forthcoming books include Michael Clune’s A Defense of Judgment, Autumn Womack’s The Matter of Black Living, Julia Stern’s Bette Davis Black and White, and several titles in the new Thinking Literature series, co-edited by Nan Z. Da and Anahid Nersessian. In the area of literary translation, I have published works by Thomas Bernhard, Christophe Boltanski, Yves Bonnefoy, Friedrich Durrenmatt, Roger Grenier, Robert Musil, Christa Wolf, and others. Finally, I publish occasional books of or about photography, such as Françoise Meltzer's Dark Lens: Imaging Germany, 1945, Ali Behdad’s Camera Orientalis, and Ashley Gilbertson’s Bedrooms of the Fallen.

I am assisted by my long-time collaborator Randy Petilos, who acquires complementary books in medieval studies and poetry in translation.

My publications include writings for the Los Angeles Review of Books, Places Journal, and Design Observer, as well as the photobook 55x5. Follow me on Twitter, and for my work in photography visit my personal website.

Prospective authors are encouraged to consult our submission guidelines. We also provide an overview about publishing with Chicago here.

Alan Thomas


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