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Matthew Pearl

Matthew Pearl is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dante Club and the editor of the Modern Library editions of Dante's Inferno (translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) and Edgar Allen Poe's The Murder in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales. The Dante Club has been published in more than thirty languages and forty countries. His other novels include The Poe Shadow, The Last Dickens, The Technologists and The Last Bookaneer - all of which stage fascinating real-life historical figures in brilliant crime narratives that earn loyal readers worldwide.

Matthew’s latest novel is The Dante Chamber, is the long anticipated follow-up to The Dante Club, set five years after a series of Dante-inspired killings disrupted Boston. When more mysterious murders erupt across the city, all in the style of the punishments Dante memorialized in Purgatory, poet Christina Rossetti enlists poets Robert Browning and Alfred Tennyson, along with famous scholar Dr. Oliver Wendell Homes, to investigate. The Dante Chamber is a riveting adventure across London, and through the pages of iconic literature.

Pearl is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and has taught literature at Harvard and at Emerson College. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A well-wrought sequel of sorts…Displaying extensive knowledge of the period and the writers, Pearl builds an intricate, well-layered plot…His focus on Christina among several imposing male writers…is also a refreshing choice and produces a complex, appealing character. A thoroughly entertaining excursion to the literary England of the late 19th century with some ink-stained amateur detectives.
— Kirkus, Starred Review
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Talks and Topics

  • The Dante’s Chamber Author Presentation

  • More coming soon!

The sleuths who figure in Matthew Pearl’s THE DANTE CHAMBER should thrill English literature majors… [A] literary whodunit.
— New York Times Book Review
Murder takes a literary turn…You’ll enjoy Pearl’s evocation of these esteemed authors, who prove to be all too human.
— Washington post


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Previous & Upcoming Events:

  • June 9, 2018: Printer's Row Lit Fest - Chicago, IL

  • June 15, 2018: Broward County Library - Hollywood, FL

  • June 18, 2018: Murder by the Book - Austin, TX

  • Oct 13, 2018: Boston Book Festival - Boston, MA

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