Jack Sullivan (literary scholar)

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Jack Sullivan (born November 26, 1946) is an American literary scholar, professor, essayist, author, editor, musicologist, concert annotator, and short story writer. He is one of the leading modern figures in the study of the horror genre, Alfred Hitchcock, and the impact of American culture on European music.


Born November 26, 1946, Jack Sullivan obtained a B.A. from Furman University, and his M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D., from Columbia University, where he studied under Jacques Barzun.[1] A former English professor at NYU and Columbia, Sullivan is a professor of English and chairs the American Studies Program at Rider University, in Lawerenceville, New Jersey.[2]

His literary and music essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review,[3] The Washington Post Book World, The New Republic, Saturday Review, USA Today, and Harper's Magazine. His short fiction was published in The Kelsey Review and New Terrors (edited by Ramsey Campbell).

He and his wife, Robin, have two sons, David (1995) and Geoffrey (1994).


Sullivan's 2013 script for "New York Philharmonic's Hitchcock!", a presentation of Hitchcock's film music at Lincoln Center, was narrated by Alec Baldwin and Sam Waterston.[6]


  1. ^ Dirda, Michael. "Jacques Barzun—and Others", The American Scholar, November 2, 2012
  2. ^ "Jack Sullivan", Rider University
  3. ^ Sullivan, Jack. "With real and bogus footnotes" The New York Times, April 25, 1976
  4. ^ Williams, B., "A Complete Guide for all lovers of horror" (Review of The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural). The Courier-Mail, January 31, 1987.
  5. ^ ASCAP (October 15, 2007). "2007 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award". Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ New York Philharmonic. "The Art of The Score: Film Week at the Philharmonic – Hitchcock!". Retrieved October 9, 2013.