David S. Brown
Author of Paradise Lost: A Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald (2017)
“Southern Sympathies: Maryland and the Making of F. Scott Fitzgerald”
David S. Brown, a native of the Midwest, is the Raffensperger Professor of History at Elizabethtown College. He is the author of five books: Thomas Jefferson: A Biographical Companion (1998), Richard Hofstadter: An Intellectual Biography (2006), Beyond the Frontier: The Midwestern Voice in American Historical Writing (2009), Moderates: The Vital Center of American Politics (2016), and Paradise Lost: A Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald (2017). He is currently at work on a biography of Henry Adams––historian, memoirist, and member of the Adams political family––to be published by Scribner. An expert on twentieth–century American historical writing, he has been interviewed by a number of media outlets including the New York Times, CNN, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Boston Globe. His biography of Fitzgerald was hailed in The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review by biographer and Fitzgerald scholar/critic Scott Donaldson as “an invaluable corrective of what has been too long a basically diminished view of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s proficiency as an interpreter of American life”; while John Banville, in The New York Review of Books, commented that “Brown’s book, in its breadth of perspective and seriousness of intent, makes most biographies seem to consist mainly of tittle-tattle and random gossip.”
At Elizabethtown, Brown teaches courses on historiography, intellectual history, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Jeffersonian America. His teaching and scholarship have been enhanced through various fellowships, seminars, and grants to conduct and present work at a number of universities including Columbia, Yale, and Oxford. In 2013 he participated in a two-week National Endowment of the Humanities Summer seminar on “Transcendentalism and Social Action in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller” held in Concord, Massachusetts.
Brown received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Toledo where his work earned the Ohio Academy of History’s Outstanding Dissertation Prize. His study of Hofstadter received a nomination for a Pulitzer Prize in biography. He currently resides in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, though he makes his way to Paul’s Book Store in Madison, Wisconsin, whenever possible.