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Matthew Pearl

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Matthew Pearl is the author of the novels The Dante Club, The Poe Shadow and his newest work, The Last Dickens. 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, and has been a Visiti...more

Two more days of this one of a kind giveaway! Here is my message from email and my Facebook blog... there's still time to get your photo in with my new book, The Technologists!


For the first time, I'm doing a giveaway FOR EIGHT DAYS ONLY open to everyone, including all those who cannot come to my events. And "winning" is easy. Just take a photo of yourself with a copy of my brand new novel... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on February 28, 2012 06:53 • 485 views
Average rating: 3.43 · 47,278 ratings · 4,257 reviews · 11 distinct works · Similar authors
The Dante Club
3.37 of 5 stars 3.37 avg rating — 28,004 ratings — published 2003 — 64 editions
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The Poe Shadow
3.09 of 5 stars 3.09 avg rating — 5,302 ratings — published 2006 — 50 editions
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The Last Dickens
3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 4,367 ratings — published 2009 — 35 editions
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The Technologists
3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 2,193 ratings — published 2012 — 21 editions
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The Professor's Assassin
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 193 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
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Instytut  młodych naukowców
4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2011
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The Bookaneer
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No Rest for the Dead
3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 1,703 ratings — published 2010 — 26 editions
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Sherlock Holmes in America
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 1,128 ratings — published 2001 — 8 editions
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"Using untried forensic techniques, a handful of scrappy students from MIT's first class investigates a series of deadly events in 1868 Boston in the mystery The Technologists." ...More

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“Shakespeare brings us to know ourselves. Dante, with his dissection of all others, bids us to know one another.”
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“He was outwardly calm but inwardly bleeding to death.”
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“Remember that there are two things in this life that are never worth crying about: what can be cured and what cannot be cured.”
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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.
- Laura

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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