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Matthew Pearl is the author of the novels The Dante Club, The Poe Shadow, The Last Dickens, The Technologists, and The Last Bookaneer. His books have been New York Times bestsellers and international bestsellers translated into more than 30 languages. His nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and He has been heard on shows including NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Weekend Edition Sunday," and his books have been featured on Good Morning America and CBS Sunday Morning.

Matthew Pearl grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School. He has also taught literature and creative writing at Harvard University and Emerson College

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Matthew Pearl Thanks for asking, Seregon. Yes, many of my ideas come from subjects I have always been interested in. I started reading Poe in high school, for…moreThanks for asking, Seregon. Yes, many of my ideas come from subjects I have always been interested in. I started reading Poe in high school, for example, and studied Dante in college. But sometimes I get interested in a subject without knowing much about. That was the case for my novel The Technologists. I had the idea for a story about the first class at MIT but didn't yet know much about it's history. So an idea for a story can come from an interest or lead me to a new interest. (less)
Matthew Pearl Craig, with apologies for the delay in answering. Thank you so much for your kind comment, that means so much that you enjoyed The Last Bookaneer. You…moreCraig, with apologies for the delay in answering. Thank you so much for your kind comment, that means so much that you enjoyed The Last Bookaneer. You know, I don't have any specific Mary Shelley project in mind, but I did becoming increasingly interested, so you never know, I guess!(less)
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The Dante Club

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The Last Bookaneer

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The Professor's Assassin

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Company Eight

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Sherlock Holmes in America

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message 1: by Kelltia (last edited Mar 19, 2009 03:32PM)

Kelltia Good luck with your book tour. All the best.
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Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)

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message 3: by Ceci

Ceci Thank you so much for the add! I am a huge fan of your work, and truly love both The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow. They're exceptionally well spun tales with a wonderful mix of history and enchanting fiction.

I'm also looking forward to reading The Last Dickens very soon. Hope your weekend's been a lovely one.

Janellyn51 I just love it when an author I truly enjoy reading, thinks I'm worth being friends with! Thanks....I'm doing my bit to turn other people onto your Dad, my sons. I'm come to realize that historical fiction is my favorite type of book....and you do it so well!

Cherei Hey! Picked up 'The Last Dickens' last night at B&N! Reading the premise.. ohhhhhhhh.. it sounds good! Shall savor this one!

Lilyane Thank you for the add, Matthew. I will be at B&N tomorrow to pick up "The Technologists". I already know it will be an incredible read.

Congratulations on this new book - I hope the copies will fly off the shelves, flood the mails, and bring you much well-deserved success.

message 7: by Tim

Tim Pendry Thank you for your comment and Friendship, Matthew. I am glad you found the review to be fair. I make an effort to be honest but also to try to see a book from the point of view of the author.

In fact, it is my wife who is your real fan and she led me to 'The Last Dickens' (and to 'The Poe Shadow'). But one thing outraged her and it was your (UK) publisher's doing. Comparing you with Dan Brown on the blurb!

No disrespect to the churner-out of exciting thriller-fantasies but her view (and mine) is that you are far more sophisticated than that and we hope that you will not be seduced too far by the hungry jackals of the book trade into populist excesses!

We will definitely be looking out for 'The Technologists' and, if it is read, it will be reviewed.

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