Philip F. Gura

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Philip F. Gura
Born (1950-06-14) June 14, 1950 (age 64)
Ware, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Scholar, writer, editor, educator
Nationality United States
Genre History and literature
Subject Colonial America, Transcendentalism, and religious history
Children David, Katherine and Daniel
Website
www.unc.edu/~gura

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.[1]

Gura was born in Ware, Massachusetts. A graduate of Phillips Academy (1968), he received his AB, magna cum laude, in History and Literature in 1972 from Harvard College, and his PhD, in the History of American Civilization in 1977, from Harvard University, where he lived in Lowell House.[2]

He is the author or editor of twelve 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), American Transcendentalism: A History (2007), which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist in non-fiction, The American Antiquarian Society, 1812–2012: A Bicentennial History (2012), Truth's Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel (2013), and Jonathan Edwards: Writings from the Great Awakening (2013). 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.[3]

Gura is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society,[4] 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.[5]

He plays the clawhammer banjo in a traditional Appalachian style, known as "old-time."[6]

Selected work[edit]

  • Jonathan Edwards: Writings from the Great Awakening (2013).
  • Truth's Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel (2013).
  • The American Antiquarian Society, 1812–2012: A Bicentennial History (2012).
  • 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).

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