Odell Shepard

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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.[1] He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1938.[2]


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,[3] he was a mentor to Abbie Huston Evans.[4] 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.[5] For that work he won the annual Pulitzer Prize for Biography.[2] His papers are held at Trinity College.[3]

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)[2]
  • 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. 


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Political offices
Preceded by
James L. McConaughy
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
William L. Hadden