Odell Shepard (July 22, 1884 - July 19, 1967) was an American professor, poet, and politician who was the 66th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut from 1941 to 1943. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1938.
Shepard was born in Sterling, Illinois. He graduated from Harvard University, and taught at the English department of Yale University. A professor of English at Trinity College from 1917 to 1946, he was a mentor to Abbie Huston Evans. He edited the works of Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Shepard wrote a biography of Bronson Alcott, the father of writer Louisa May Alcott and one of the foremost Transcendentalists: Pedlar's Progress, published by Little, Brown in 1937. For that work he won the annual Pulitzer Prize for Biography. His papers are held at Trinity College.
He died in New London, Connecticut on June 19, 1967.
- 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Pedlar's Progress: the life of Bronson Alcott (Little, Brown and Company)
- Golden Rose Award
- Willard Shepard (1946). Holdfast Gaines. The Macmillan company.
- Willard Shepard (1951). Jenkins' Ear. Macmillan.
- Henry David Thoreau (1921). A week on the Concord and Merrimack rivers. Scribner's.
- Essays of 1925. E.V. Mitchell. 1926.
- Essays of today 1926-1927. The Century co. 1928.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1934). Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: representative selections. American Book Company.