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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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Top Julia Keller Articles

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  • The battle over war stories: Is authenticity enough?

    The battle over war stories: Is authenticity enough?
    When Stephen Crane wrote "The Red Badge of Courage" (1895), his Civil War scenes were so sharply persuasive that the author's contemporaries assumed he was a combat veteran.He wasn't. The success of Crane's slim novel is a notable exception to the general...
  • Thoughts on J.D. Salinger

    Thoughts on J.D. Salinger
    To read "Salinger" and "91" in the same sentence is a shock, an abomination. And yet there it is, the blunt and brutal fact of it, showing up in news reports of the author's death like a rock holding down a butterfly wing: J.D. Salinger, who died...
  • A literary look back

    A literary look back
    Rick Kogan, Tribune reporter "The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood" By Jane Leavy Harper, $27.99 Leavy's "The Last Boy" is as masterfully researched and beautifully written as any biography this year. Sox fans like me may...
  • The Loop's aural tattoo

    The Loop's aural tattoo
    It's not just the noise. It's where the noise comes from. It's the fact that the crazy racket of the "L" trains originates from above. It cascades; it plummets. The Loop, of course, has other sounds too. Its aural tattoo is a mashed-up, motley swirl: the...
  • When the pleasure of the arts inspires feelings of guilt

    When the bombs began to fall on Baghdad, I had John Grisham on my nightstand, Michelle Branch on my portable CD player and a whopping load of guilt on my conscience. The war was under way, and I felt as if I'd been caught, like Jerry Seinfeld in the...