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Robert Blaisdell

Assistant Professor of English

Robert Blaisdell




B.A., College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1981

M.A., English Department, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1984

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1988

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“Let Your Imagination Play: The Late Jorge Luis Borges’ Advice for Fiction Writers Speaks to the Shortcomings — and Prison — of Exactitude,” The Writer Magazine (February 2011)

“The Three Women,” Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood (posted on February 28, 2011, on the website)

“Writing Someone Else’s Diary,” Changing English, Vol. 18, No. 1 (March 2011)


On Genius by John Ruskin (Hesperus Press, 2011)

Infamous Speeches: From Robespierre to Osama bin Laden (Dover, 2011)

Great Speeches of the Twentieth Century (Dover, 2011)

New York: The Big Apple Quote Book (Dover, 2011) [reviewed in The New York Times, 14 August 2011:]

Civil War Short Stories and Poems (Dover, 2011)

Introductions to Books

James Branch Cabell’s Jurgen (Dover, 2011)

Selected Poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins (Dover, 2011)


Five Plays by Anton Chekhov, translated by Marina Brodskaya, San Francisco Chronicle (January 2, 2011)

Molotov’s Magic Lantern: Travels in Russian History, by Rachel Polonsky, San Francisco Chronicle (January 16, 2011)

Gulag Voices: An Anthology, edited by Anne Applebaum, Christian Science Monitor (January 31, 2011)

Anthony Briggs’s Brief Lives: Leo Tolstoy (Tolstoy Studies Journal, Vol. 22)

Mightier Than the Sword: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America, by David S. Reynolds (San Francisco Chronicle, July 3, 2011)

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch (San Francisco Chronicle, July 5, 2011)

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