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Matthew Pearl

Biography

Matthew Pearl

Matthew Pearl is the New York Times bestselling author of THE DANTE CLUB, THE POE SHADOW, THE LAST DICKENS, THE TECHNOLOGISTS, THE LAST BOOKANEER and THE DANTE CHAMBER, and the editor of the Modern Library editions of Dante’s INFERNO (translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) and Edgar Allan Poe’s THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE: The Dupin Tales. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages, and his nonfiction writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe and Slate.

Matthew Pearl

Books by Matthew Pearl

by Matthew Pearl - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Five years after a series of Dante-inspired killings stunned Boston, a politician is found in a London park with his neck crushed by an enormous stone device etched with a verse from the "Divine Comedy." When other shocking deaths erupt across the city, all in the style of the penances Dante memorialized in "Purgatory," poet Christina Rossetti fears that her missing brother, the artist and writer Dante Gabriel Rossetti, will be the next victim. The unwavering Christina enlists poets Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson and Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes to decipher the literary clues, and together these unlikely investigators unravel the secrets of Dante’s verses to find Gabriel and stop the killings.

by Matthew Pearl - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Pen Davenport is the most infamous bookaneer in Europe. A master of disguise, he makes his living stalking harbors, coffeehouses and print shops for the latest manuscript to steal. For a hundred years, loose copyright laws and a hungry reading public created a unique opportunity: books could be published without an author’s permission. Yet on the eve of the 20th century, the bookaneers are on the verge of extinction, as a new international treaty is signed to grind this literary underground to a sharp halt. THE LAST BOOKANEER tells the astonishing story of these literary thieves’ epic final heist.

by Matthew Pearl - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

At the close of the Civil War, students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology form a secret society that is determined to find the truth behind a recent string of commercial disasters.

by Matthew Pearl - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Baltimore, 1849.  The public, the press, and even Edagar Allen Poe’s own family and friends accept the conclusion that Poe was a second-rate writer who met a disgraceful end as a drunkard. Everyone, in fact, seems to believe this except a young Baltimore lawyer named Quentin Clark, who puts his own career and reputation at risk in a passionate crusade to salvage Poe’s.

by Matthew Pearl - Fiction, Thriller

Boston, 1865. A series of murders, all of them inspired by scenes in Dante’s Inferno. Only an elite group of America’s first Dante scholars—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell, and J. T. Fields—can solve the mystery. With the police baffled, more lives endangered, and Dante’s literary future at stake, the Dante Club must shed its sheltered literary existence and find the killer.et.