Caleb Smith is professor of English and American Studies at Yale University and the author of The Oracle and the Curse (2013) and The Prison and the American Imagination (2009). He is working on an edition of "The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict," an 1858 narrative by Austin Reed, an African American inmate of New York's Auburn State Prison, which will be published by Random House in 2016.
Caleb Smith has written about contemporary media and the arts for Avidly, Bomb, Los Angeles Review of Books, Paper Monument, and other venues. He regularly reviews new fiction for Yale Review, and he is a co-editor of No Crisis, a special series on the state of criticism in the twenty-first century, to appear online and in print from Los Angeles Review of Books in 2015.
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"Ferguson's Literary History," now online at Avidly, a Los Angeles Review of Books Channel, with contributions by Caleb Smith, Anna Mae Duane, Brigitte Fielder, Janet Neary, Jordan Stein, Hester Blum, Peter Jaros, Glenn Hendler, Sarah Blackwood, and Yahdon Israel.