Matthew Pearl

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Matthew Pearl
Born October 2
New York City
Occupation Novelist
Genre Historical fiction, Literary fiction

Matthew Pearl is an American novelist and educator. His novels include The Dante Club, The Poe Shadow, The Last Dickens, and The Technologists. Editions have been published in more than 40 countries.


Pearl graduated from the University School of Nova Southeastern University (NSU), a K-12 school in Florida. He then earned degrees from Harvard College and Yale Law School. He has taught writing and literature at Emerson College and Harvard University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[citation needed]

The Dante Club was published in 2003. His second novel, a historical thriller about the death of Edgar Allan Poe called The Poe Shadow, was published by Random House in the United States on May 23, 2006 and was a New York Times bestseller. His third novel, The Last Dickens, was published in the United States on March 17, 2009.[1]

In 2012, The Technologists, a mystery thriller set in the early years of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was published in the United States.[2]

Pearl has also written op-ed articles on literature and culture for The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.[citation needed]


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