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Julia Keller

Julia Keller
Julia Keller, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, is cultural critic at the Chicago Tribune. She joined the Tribune in late 1998.

Keller was born and raised in Huntington, W. Va. She earned a bachelor's and master's degree in English from Marshall University, and a doctoral degree, also in English, from Ohio State University. Her dissertation explored literary biography, focusing on biographies of Virginia Woolf.

She was a 1998 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. In the fall of 2006, she was McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton University. Keller also is guest essayist on the PBS program "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer."

Her book, "Mr. Gatling...
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Julia Keller, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, is cultural critic at the Chicago Tribune. She joined the Tribune in late 1998.

Keller was born and raised in Huntington, W. Va. She earned a bachelor's and master's degree in English from Marshall University, and a doctoral degree, also in English, from Ohio State University. Her dissertation explored literary biography, focusing on biographies of Virginia Woolf.

She was a 1998 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. In the fall of 2006, she was McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton University. Keller also is guest essayist on the PBS program "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer."

Her book, "Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel: The Gun That Changed Everything and the Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It," will be published by Viking in May 2008.
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  • Editor's choice: 'Summer of the Dead'

    Editor's choice: 'Summer of the Dead'
    Ackers Gap, W.Va. After my previous travels there, no encouragement was necessary for another excursion. The town is more than merely a speck on an imaginary map, and it is a way to channel my former Chicago Tribune and Pulitzer Prize-winning...
  • Sherlock Holmes in a skirt

    Sherlock Holmes in a skirt
    When Tasha Alexander strolls the streets of Chicago, she doesn't much see Wrigley Field or the Chicago River or Logan Square. Or Honda Civics. She sees St. Paul's Cathedral and the River Thames and Belgrave Square and hansom cabs. Alexander's...
  • Tough guys, unite

    Tough guys, unite
    Cornell Woolrich (1903-1968) knew his way around two things: rock-hard prose and stone-cold corpses. He was a wizardly writer of mysteries, a man who could ratchet up the menace and dread by steady, excruciating degrees. His sentences were of the...
  • Are you sitting down for this?

    It was time. The chair had begun to sag in multiple places, its stamina and flexibility fatally compromised by the repeated sittings and risings, and sittings and risings, of its most frequent (and, as the French so delicately put it, "well-seated")...
  • See the billionaire – then be the billionaire

    See the billionaire – then be the billionaire
    How'd they do it? That is often thought to be the primary motivation behind our fascination with the life stories of business behemoths: a curiosity about the means – both noble and scurrilous – by which mammoth fortunes are made. "Steve...
  • Bookmark: A change in chair proves challenging

    It was time. The chair had begun to sag in multiple places, its stamina and flexibility fatally compromised by the repeated sittings and risings, and sittings and risings, of its most frequent (and, as the French so delicately put it, "well-seated")...
  • Do out-of-date travel books have any use for more modern journeys?

    Do out-of-date travel books have any use for more modern journeys?
    It's time for the travel two-step: First, deciding where in the world you'd like to go for your summer vacation. Second, finding the perfect travel guide to accompany you. I've been known to stand in a bookstore aisle for long agonizing stretches, reading...
  • Books, films and fans: Nervous "Help" fans try the movie

    Books, films and fans: Nervous "Help" fans try the movie
    Take a beloved book, turn it into a film – and take cover, because the millions who adore the book will come out swinging. Their affection makes them protective. Love makes them loyal – and ready to punch anyone who messes with the object of...
  • The ABCs of summer reading

    The ABCs  of summer reading
    Henry James once opined that the two most beautiful words in the English language are "summer afternoon." I would like to edit James — alas, who wouldn't? — and bestow the most felicitous phrase award upon the words "summer reading." They...
  • Fitzgerald, in his own words

    Fitzgerald, in his own words
    Popcorn. Check. Diet Coke. Check. Twizzlers. Check. A copy of "F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Short Autobiography" (Scribner), edited by James L. West III. Check. If you're on your way to see — or see again — "Midnight in Paris," the latest film...
  • Mogul in misery: Justice or frame-up?

    Mogul in misery: Justice or frame-up?
    An international business tycoon is in seriously hot water. He's accused of unspeakable crimes. He's about to lose everything — his business, his family, his reputation, even his freedom. So far, it sounds like the Rupert Murdoch affair on...