Jeff Sharlet

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Frederick Sessions Beebe '35 Professor in the Art of Writing

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Jeff Sharlet is the New York Times bestselling author or editor of eight books. His latest is The Undertow: Scenes from a Slow Civil War (2023), a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for Nonfiction, one of The New York Times 100 Books of the Year, and a New Republic book of the year. In 2020, he published This Brilliant Darkness: A Book of Strangers.  "Gorgeous," says The New York Times, "[t]he book ingeniously reminds us that all of our lives — our struggles, desires, grief — happen concurrently with everyone else's, and this awareness helps dissolve the boundaries between us." Sharlet's other books include Sweet Heaven When I Die, C Street, The Family -- the basis for a 2019 Netflix documentary series, The Family, of which he is narrator and executive producer -- and, with Peter Manseau, Killing the Buddha; and two edited volumes, Radiant Truths, and (with Manseau) Believer, Beware. His writing on Russia's anti-LGBTQ crusade earned the National Magazine Award for Reporting, and his writing on anti-LGBT campaigns in Uganda earned the Molly Ivins Prize and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission's Outspoken Award, among others. He has also been the recipient of numerous fellowships from MacDowell. Sharlet is an editor-at-large for VQR, and is or has been a contributing editor for Vanity FairHarper's and Rolling Stone, and a contributor to publications including The New York Times Magazine, GQ, EsquireMother JonesBookforumand others. At Dartmouth College, he is the publisher of 40 Towns.


Sanborn, Room 013
HB 6032


English and Creative Writing


B.A. Hampshire College

Selected Publications



Works In Progress

  • Undone: An Incomplete History of Unfinished Stories, under contract with W.W. Norton

  • The Undertow, a collection of essays, under contract with W.W. Norton

  • "North America," a book of words and pictures