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Leonard Cassuto

Welcome to my Official Website. I teach American literature at Fordham University and write about subjects ranging from crime fiction to the scientific search for room-temperature semiconductors. I also write a column for The Chronicle of Higher Education called The Graduate Adviser. You’ll find links leading to many of my articles on this site. Follow me on Twitter


My latest book

The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It

Published in September 2015 by Harvard University Press. You can order it here.

I discuss the book in this video:

The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It

Other recent books:

The Cambridge History of The American Novel
The Cambridge History of The American Novel

Edited by me, Clare Virginia Eby and Benjamin Reiss, this literary history traces the American novel from its emergence in the late eighteenth century to its diverse incarnations in the multi-ethnic, multi-media culture of the present. This book was published in 2011.

“… an innovative approach that is bound to prove as stimulating as the best of American fiction already does.” — Contemporary Review

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The Cambridge Companion to Baseball

Winner of a 2012 Book Award from the North American Society of Sports Historians (NASSH).


Here’s a video of me talking about the book:

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Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories
Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories

Published by Columbia University Press, Hard-Boiled Sentimentality was nominated for the Edgar and Macavity awards, and named one of the Ten Best mystery and crime books of 2008 by the Los Angeles Times (the only nonfiction book on the list). Read more about the book.

“A clear-eyed, original, and important study that I found endlessly fascinating. Hard-Boiled Sentimentality is also as well-written and compelling as a good crime novel.” — Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Paranoia, High Crimes, and Power Play

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