Wortham, Thomas R.

Professor Emeritus

Kaplan 149
Tel: 310.825.4173 Fax: 310.267.4339 / E-mail


Ph.D. Indiana, 1970. Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture; Textual Scholarship.


Thomas Wortham’s interests range broadly over the nineteenth-century American literary landscape, including such major figures as Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Dean Howells, and Mark Twain (all of whose works he has edited), as well as many of the minor writers of the period (James Russell Lowell, Oliver Wendell Holmes). Editor since 1984 of Nineteenth-Century Literature, the leading scholarly journal covering this period of literature in English (University of California Press), he is currently at work on a new critical edition of Emerson’s Poems for the Harvard University Press edition of Emerson’s Works (a multi-volume project of which he is a member of the editorial board), an edition with commentary of Howells’ early political writings, as well as an edition of Howells’ radical essays of the 1890s and early twentieth century.

Additional Information

A complete cv is available as an attachment to his departmental home page:

Interest Areas
• American Literature & Culture