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Paul  Douglass

Douglass, Malcolm Paul

Professor,  English
Director, Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies
Professor, English and Comparative Literature

Additional Contact Information

Phone Number(s)
(408) 924-4429
(408) 928-2068

Office Hours
Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 PM and by appointment

Professor Douglass was selected the President's Scholar for 2009.


  • Doctor of Philosophy. Univ Of Cal-Los Angeles, 1981
  • Master of Education
    Claremont Graduate School, California, United States, 1976
  • Bachelor of Arts, English
    Amherst College, Massachusetts, United States, 1973


Paul Douglass is Professor of English and American Literature at San Jose State University, where he directs the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies and the Steinbeck Fellows Program. His research interests include British Romanticism (Byron Studies), Modern American Literature (Eliot and Steinbeck Studies), Literary Theory, and interdisciplinary approaches to literature-- through Music, Philosophy, Film and painterly Aesthetics.

Douglass is the author of Lady Caroline Lamb: A Biography (Palgrave 2004), and Bergson, Eliot, and American Literature (Kentucky, 1986). He is also co-editor, with Frederick Burwick, of a facsimile edition of Lord Byron and Isaac Nathan's A Selection of Hebrew Melodies, Ancient and Modern (University of Alabama Press, 1988).

In 2007 he received the Elma Dangerfield Award of the International Byron Society for publication of new and original work related to the life, works and times of the 6th Lord George Gordon Noel Byron the Poet.

His selection of Lady Caroline Lamb's letters, The Whole Disgraceful Truth, was published by Palgrave in April 2006. Together with Leigh Wetherall, he edited Lamb's Collected Works (Pickering and Chatto 2009).

With Frederick Burwick (UCLA), he has also inaugurated a Romantic-Era Songs Web-Site dedicated to enabling scholars and music-lovers greater access to recordings of the Theater and Popular Songs, Catches, Airs, and Art Songs of the Romantic Period, including modern settings of Romantic-era lyrics.