Martin Puchner




Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama

and of English and Comparative Literature


Harvard University

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Martin Puchner is a prize-winning author, educator, public speaker, and institution builder in the arts and humanities. His writings, which include a dozen books and anthologies and over sixty articles and essays, range from philosophy and theater to world literature and have been translated into many languages. As the general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature, he has brought 4000 years of literature into the classroom as well as to his HarvardX MOOC Masterpieces of World Literature.


Through hundreds of lectures and workshops from the Artic Circle to Brazil and from the Middle East to China he has served as an advocate for the arts and humanities in a changing world.


At Harvard, he has instituted these ideas in a new program in theater, dance and media as well as in the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research.


The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, HIstory, Civilization is on-sale 10/24, from Random House. Click here, or the image, to order your copy. Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus just published the first reviews.

















Recent News



The Written World is on sale 10/24, from Random House. Order a copy now. Publisher's Weekly just published a review.


A Guggenheim and a fellowship at the NYPL Cullman Center will allow me to spend next year in New York.


The Norton Anthology of World Literature, under my general editorship, is out.

Click here for an article about the anthology, and here, here, and here for op-ed pieces.


The Drama of Ideas: Platonic Provocations in Theater and Philosophy wins the Joe A. Callaway Prize for best book in drama and theater and the Walter Channing Cabot prize. Click here for a recent forum on the book, with my responses.


Poetry of the Revolution: Marx, Manifestos and the Avant-Gardes out in Turkish. Click here for a recent interview about the book.


With the support of the Mellon Foundation, I run the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research.