Philip F. Gura
|Philip F. Gura|
June 14, 1950 |
Ware, Massachusetts, United States
|Occupation||Scholar, writer, editor, educator|
|Genres||History and literature|
|Subjects||Colonial America, Transcendentalism, and religious history|
|Children||David, Katherine and Daniel|
Philip F. Gura (born June 14, 1950) is an American scholar, writer, editor, and educator. He currently serves as William S. Newman Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he holds appointments in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, and American Studies.
Gura was born in Ware, Massachusetts. A graduate of Phillips Academy (1968), he received his A.B., magna cum laude, in History and Literature in 1972 from Harvard College, and his Ph.D., in the History of American Civilization in 1977, from Harvard University, where he lived in Lowell House.
He is the author or editor of nine books, including The Wisdom of Words: Language, Theology, and Literature in the New England Renaissance (1981), A Glimpse of Sion's Glory: Puritan Radicalism in New England, 1620-1660 (1984), the prize-winning America's Instrument: The Banjo in the 19th Century (1999), Buried from the World: Inside the Massachusetts State Prison, 1829–1831 (2001), C. F. Martin and His Guitars, 1796-1873 (2003), Jonathan Edwards: America’s Evangelical (2005), and American Transcendentalism: A History (2007), which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist in non-fiction. Some of his essays, which number over fifty, have been collected in The Crossroads of American History and Literature (1996). He also serves as an editor for the Norton Anthology of American Literature.
Gura is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and the Society of American Historians. In 2008, the Division on American Literature to 1800 of the Modern Language Association honored him with its Distinguished Scholar award.
He plays the clawhammer banjo in a traditional Appalachian style, known as "old-time."
- Truth's Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel (2013).
- American Transcendentalism: A History (2007).
- Jonathan Edwards: America's Evangelical (2005).
- C.F. Martin and His Guitars, 1796-1873 (2003).
- Buried from the World: Inside the Massachusetts State Prison, 1829–1831, The Memorandum Books of the Rev. Jared Curtis (2001).
- America's Instrument: The Banjo in the Nineteenth Century (1999).
- The Crossroads of American History and Literature (1996).
- Memoirs of Stephen Burroughs (1988).
- A Glimpse of Sion's Glory: Puritan Radicalism in New England, 1620-1660 (1984).
- Critical Essays on American Transcendentalism (1982).
- The Wisdom of Words: Language, Theology, and Literature in the New England Renaissance (1981).
- "UNC faculty profile". UNC. 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
- "Members of the American Antiquarian Society". American Antiquarian Society. 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-08.