Ormond Seavey

Ormond Seavey
Phillips Hall, Room 637
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Professor of English

Current Research

I have continuing interests in Benjamin Franklin, Edgar Allan Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry Adams. I am interested in historians as literary figures and in captivity narratives. In general my research focuses on American literature and culture in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries as a self-consciously provincial culture and literature. I have recently completed a book manuscript on the relationship between Henry Adams and Henry Cabot Lodge, a study which relates teacher and student, Washington and Harvard, literature and social science.


Ph.D. Columbia University, English and Comparative Literature, 1976.


Co-editor (with Stephen Donadio and Stephen Railton), Emerson and His Legacy: Essays in Honor of Quentin Anderson. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1986.

Becoming Benjamin Franklin: The Autobiography and the Life . University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 1988.

Editor, Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography and Other Writings. Oxford: Oxford University Press World's Classics, 1992.

"D. H. Lawrence and the 'First Dummy American,'" The Georgia Review 39 (1985) 113-28.

“Henry Adams and Henry Cabot Lodge—Teacher and Student: A Complicated Interaction” Henry Adams and the Need to Know, ed. William Merrill Decker and Earl Harbert, Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society/Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2005. pp. 45-79.