William Deresiewicz is an essayist, book critic, and the author of A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter. He writes about higher education, social media, and other issues of society and culture. Bill is a Contributing Writer for The Nation and a Contributing Editor for The New Republic. His reviews of contemporary fiction have also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Slate, Bookforum, and elsewhere. His essays have appeared in The American Scholar and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Bill’s work was nominated for National Magazine Awards in 2008, 2009, and 2011, and for the National Book Critics Circle’s Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing in 2010. His essay “Solitude and Leadership,” which won a David Brooks Sidney Award in 2010, has been widely taught across the military and corporate worlds. His current book project is Excellent Sheep: The Disadvantages of an Elite Education.
Bill was an English professor at Yale from 1998 to 2008. He specialized in 19th-century British fiction and British modernism and also taught courses in the Great Books, South Asian fiction (he lived in India for a year), the literature of friendship, and writing.