Louis Menand is a professor of English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, a staff writer at The New Yorker, and has been a contributing editor of The New York Review of Books since 1994. This is his first book for a general readership.
Daniel Kevles, Yale University : ". . . Menand's book is an extraordinary collective biography, at once erudite and enthralling." Joan Didion: "The Metaphysical Club is brilliant, illuminating, necessary." Henry Louis Gates, Jr: "The Metaphysical Club makes a genuinely original contribution to our national self-understanding... as evocative, and precise, as a Luminist painting." Richard Poirier: "This is a richly populated, intellectually thrilling book in which America is shown to be discovering its future."