William Cain

William Cain

William Cain is the Mary Jewett Gaiser Professor of English at Wellesley College.  Professor Cain’s scholarly interests include nineteenth and early twentieth century American literature; modernism in the arts; African American literature; slavery and abolition; literary theory and criticism; and  Shakespeare.  He has published numerous works, including William Lloyd Garrison and the Fight Against Slavery: Selections from The Liberator (1995), Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance: A Critical and Cultural Edition (2000); Henry David Thoreau in the Oxford Historical Guides to American Authors series (2000); and (as co-editor) The Norton Anthology of Literary Theory and Criticism (1st ed., 2001; 2nd ed., 2010). Recent published work includes essays on Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, Ralph Ellison, and the painter Mark Rothko.

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