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Leopold Damrosch Jr. (born 1941) is an American author and professor. In 2001, he was named the Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature at Harvard University.[1] He received a B.A. from Yale University, an M.A. from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. His areas of academic specialty include Romanticism, the Enlightenment, and Puritanism.[1]

Damrosch's The Sorrows of the Quaker Jesus is one of the most important recent explorations of the early history of the Society of Friends. His Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius (2005) was a National Book Award finalist for nonfiction and winner of the 2006 L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award for best work of nonfiction. Among his other books are Symbol and Truth in Blake's Myth (1980), God's Plot and Man's Stories: Studies in the Fictional Imagination from Milton to Fielding (1985), Fictions of Reality in the Age of Hume and Johnson (1987), Tocqueville's Discovery of America (2010), Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World (2013), and Eternity's Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake (2015).

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  1. ^ a b Shen, Andrea (2001-05-17). "Six named Harvard College Professors". Harvard Gazette. Harvard University. Retrieved 2007-01-26.
  2. ^ Kirsten Reach (January 14, 2014). "NBCC finalists announced". Melville House Publishing. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  3. ^ "Announcing the National Book Critics Awards Finalists for Publishing Year 2013". National Book Critics Circle. January 14, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  4. ^ "National Book Critics Circle Announces Award Winners for Publishing Year 2013". National Book Critics Circle. March 13, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2014.

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