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Daniel R. Schwarz is Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English Literature and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University, where he has taught since 1968. In 1998 he received Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences Russell award for distinguished teaching, and the Weiss title also speaks to his teaching prowess.

His current project is a forthcoming book on Higher Education, tentitled
How to Succeed in College and Beyond: The Art of Learning (Wiley-Blackwell, winter, 2016).

He is the author of the 2012 Crises and Turmoil at the New York Times (SUNY Press) which has gotten a good deal of attention and excellent reviews and is now out in a new 2014 paperback edition with a New Preface and some fine-tuning. His latest book is Reading the European Novel to 1900 (2014). In recent years he has published In Defense of Reading: Teaching Literature in the Twenty-First Century (2008) in the prestigious Blackwell Manifesto series. His books include Reading the Modern British and Irish Novel, 1890-1930 (2004), Broadway Boogie Woogie: Damon Runyon and the Making of New York City Culture (2003), Imagining the Holocaust (1999), Rereading Conrad (2001), Reconfiguring Modernism: Explorations in the Relationship Between Modern Art and Modern Literature (1997), Narrative and Representation in Wallace Stevens (1993)--a Choice selection for best academic book of 1993; The Case for a Humanistic Poetics (1991), The Transformation of the English Novel, 1890-1930 (1989; revised 1995), Reading Joyce's "Ulysses" (2004; orig. ed 1987); The Humanistic Heritage: Critical Theories of the English Novel from James to Hillis Miller (1986); Conrad: The Later Fiction (1982); Conrad: "Almayer's Folly" through "Under Western Eyes" (1980); and Disraeli's Fiction (1979).

He has edited Joyce's The Dead (1994) and Conrad's The Secret Sharer (1997) in the Bedford Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series, and co-editor of Narrative and Culture (1994). He has also edited the Penguin Damon Runyon (2008). He served as consulting editor of the six-volume edition of The Early Novels of Benjamin Disraeli (2004) for which he wrote the General Introduction. He is General Editor of the multi-volume critical series Reading the Novel for which he wrote Reading the Modern British and Irish Novel, 1890-1930 (2004) and is now writing Reading the European Novel since 1900.

Schwarz has directed nine NEH seminars, and has lectured widely in the United States and abroad, including a number of lecture tours under the auspices of the academic programs of the USIS and State Department. He has held three endowed visiting professorships. He not only has published about 90 poems, some of which are available on his web page and a little fiction, but also writes travel articles for newspapers.

His former graduate students and NEH participants have published a festschrift in his honor entitled Reading Texts, Reading Lives: Essays in the Tradition of Humanistic Cultural Criticism in Honor of Daniel R. Schwarz, eds. Helen Maxson and Dan Morris University of Delaware Press and Rowman and Littlefield, 2012.

Schwarz’s interests include travel, art museums, theatre, dance, and sports, especially swimming and playing tennis. His two sons are Cornell graduates: 1) David '89, varsity woman's tennis coach at Claremont; at Middlebury he coached the men's team to two Division Three National Team Championships. 2 )Jeffrey '94, currently working in Boston as a Senior Associate Product Manager in the mutual fund industry. Schwarz is married to Marcia Jacobson, a retired scholar who held the Hargis Professorship in American Literature at Auburn University.

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Growing Young Adults: What Parents Need to Know About Your Children at College

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 9:52 AM

Following the publication of my Huffington Post columns on what students need to know about the college experience, I have been asked about what parents need to know.

1) Your son or daughter is in college as an individual, not as part of the family team. While you want to...

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Twenty Suggestions for Incoming College Freshmen

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 2:26 PM

With millions of college students about to begin their freshman year within a few weeks, it is an appropriate time for entering students to think about how to succeed in college and, in particular how get a good start in what is a life-changing experience and opportunity.

In 2012, I...

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Does it Make Sense to Pursue a Humanities Doctorate? The Pros and Cons of Graduate Education in the Humanities

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 8:23 AM

I. Introduction

You loved studying literature in college and thought how much fun it would be to be the teacher leading the discussions you enjoyed. What if you could turn your love of reading and thinking about what you read into a lifetime career? Maybe even write a novel or...

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17 Suggestions for Choosing Classes in College

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 7:13 AM

After making suggestions to students about how to negotiate the freshman year, sophomore year, junior year, and senior year, I have been urged to write a piece on how to choose classes. My suggestions, in no particular order, follow.

1) Even while...

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Making the Most of Your Senior Year in College

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 8:02 AM

In my Huffington Post blog posts on higher education, I have been stressing the joy and practicality of learning. My credentials are teaching at Cornell for 47 years, occasionally interrupted by visiting professorships elsewhere.

What follows is a sequel to my "19 Suggestions for Incoming College Freshmen,"...

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The College Olympics: How to Choose the Right College and How to Get the Right College to Choose You

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 7:41 AM

I have been blogging for Huffington Post on Higher Education for a few years and have been given a contract to write a short book tentatively titled: The Joy and Practicality of Learning: Succeeding in College and Beyond.

What follows is a sequel to "How to Prepare...

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Suggestions for College Juniors: Balancing the Joy and Practicality of Learning

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 8:47 AM

In my Huffington Post post on higher education, I have been stressing the joy and practicality of learning. What follows is a sequel to my "19 Suggestions for Incoming College Freshman," "19 Suggestions for College Sophomores," "Suggestions for Seniors Graduating From College: Planning for...

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19 Suggestions for Incoming College Freshmen

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 10:55 AM

After receiving an enthusiastic response to my 2012 HuffPost blog, "Ten Suggestions for Incoming College Freshmen," and listening to some readers, I did some revisions for a 2013 version. Now in response to comments I received, I am publishing a new version.

My primary credential is that I have been...

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How to Prepare for College

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2014 | 11:54 AM


Because I have been teaching at Cornell for more than four decades, and because I have been writing on Higher Education for the Huffington Post and in 2008 published In Defense of Reading: Teaching Literature in the Twenty-First Century, I am often asked if I have any suggestions for...

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Suggestions for Seniors Graduating From College: Planning for the Future

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 11:16 AM

Last May I published a The Huffington Post blog, "Suggestions for Seniors Graduating from College," that received quite a bit of attention. Indeed, I have been asked to give talks on the subject. After thinking further and getting suggestions from students, colleagues and readers, I have added some...

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Do the Humanities Help Us Understand the World in Which We Live?

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 12:12 PM

What do the Humanities do? I would argue that they help us understand ourselves and the world in which we live. When we read, we listen to words, respond to behavior, and try to judge what people's mindset is. We "read" human behavior every day in our interaction with colleagues,...

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Are Teaching and Research Mutually Exclusive?

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 7:49 PM

I say research and teaching are ... inseparable. And they are symbiotic (Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann)

Recently after Adam Grant proposed that tenure should be awarded for good teaching as well as good research, I thought about his claim that research showed that, "In all fields...

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Nineteen Suggestions for College Sophomores

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 11:35 AM

After publishing articles in Huffington entitled "Suggestions for Seniors Graduating College" and "Fourteen Suggestions for Incoming College Freshmen" as well as "What to Do with a B.A. in English?" and "Why Study the Arts and the Humanities?" I have been asked if...

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What to Do With a B.A. in English?

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2013 | 3:37 PM

After the appearance of my October Huffington blog, "Why Study the Arts and the Humanities?," I have often been asked the question, "What can someone do with a B.A. in English?"

Some months ago I was giving a talk to an audience of over 100 at the midtown...

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Why Study the Arts and the Humanities?

(12) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 2:57 PM

Following the recent report of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on the crisis in the Humanities entitled "The Heart of the Matter," I have seen quite a few insightful commentaries, most stressing economic utility -- how the humanities help students succeed in whatever endeavor they pursue -- and...

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Will the New York Times Be Sold?

(2) Comments | Posted August 17, 2013 | 1:06 PM

In the wake of the recent sale of the Washington Post for the exorbitant price of $250 million to Jeff Bezos, the founder of, I am frequently asked if the New York Times will be sold. The reason I am asked is because I am the author of the...

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Fourteen Suggestions for Incoming College Freshmen

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2013 | 10:25 AM

After receiving a nice response to my Huffington 2012 blog, "Ten Suggestions for Incoming Freshmen," and listening to some readers, I have done some fine-tuning. My primary credential is that I have been a Cornell English Professor, for 45 years and have also held some visiting professorships at various public...

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Suggestions for Seniors Graduating from College By Daniel R. Schwarz

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 3:33 PM

Suggestions for Seniors Graduating from College
By Daniel R. Schwarz

Last August I published a Huffington blog, "Ten Suggestions for Incoming Freshmen," that received more attention than I expected.

Since I have been a Cornell professor for 45 years and am in touch with...

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How I Wrote My Book Endtimes? Crisis and Turmoil at the New York Times, 1999-2009

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 5:19 AM

Someone who attended one of my talks on my recent book Endtimes? Crisis and Turmoil at the New York Times, 1999-2009 told me that on his way to my talk, he ran into a friend who had decided not to attend and who said: "Why should I listen to an...

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Where Is the New York Times Going With Mark Thompson and Jill Abramson Sharing the Driver's Seat?

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2013 | 6:25 PM

Is the new public editor fulfilling her responsibility or is she missing the big picture?

The controversy over James M. Broder's article about his test drive of a Tesla electric car is not a major issue but rather a tempest in a teapot, and the attention Times Public Editor...

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