Louis Menand is most well known for The Metaphysical Club, a detailed history of American intellectual and philosophical
life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It received a Pulitzer Prize in
history in 2002 and also received the 2002 Francis Parkman Prize. Menand is currently a staff writer for the New Yorker and a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books. He completed his undergraduate work at Pomona and received his
PhD from Columbia University in 1980. Currently professor of
English and American literature and language at Harvard, he lives between Beacon Hill, Massachusetts, and New York City.