Alan G. Thomas

Alan Thomas

Editorial Director



Subjects: Literature; literary studies; media and cultural studies
Series: TRIOS



I acquire scholarly and trade books in the humanities, particularly literature, biography, and criticism. I look for ambitious manuscripts marked by writerly assurance and unorthdox thinking, whether first books or those by established authors. Recent general interest titles include Alice Kaplan’s Looking for “The Stranger”: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic, Laura Dassow Walls’s Henry David Thoreau: A Life, Christophe Boltanski’s The Safe House: A Novel, and a new edition of Norman Maclean’s Young Men and Fire.


The literary studies list includes emphasizes poetics, digital culture, British and European literature, and Renaissance studies, among other areas. Recent or forthcoming books include Rita Felski’s The Limits of Critique, Toril Moi’s Revolution of the Ordinary, Deborah Nelson’s Tough Enough, Merve Emre’s Paraliterary, and Jeff Dolven’s Senses of Style. In the area of literary translation, I have published works by Thomas Bernhard, Yves Bonnefoy, Friedrich Durrenmatt, Roger Grenier, Robert Musil, Christa Wolf, and others.


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

For occasional bulletins on publishing, the humanities, and photography, follow me on Twitter.


Henry David Thoreau: A Life
A Life
Laura Dassow Walls
The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable
Climate Change and the Unthinkable
Amitav Ghosh
Paper Minds: Literature and the Ecology of Consciousness
Literature and the Ecology of Consciousness
Jonathan Kramnick
Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America
The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America
Merve Emre
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