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David Bromwich is Sterling Professor of English at Yale Universitymarker.


Having graduated from Yale with a B.A. in 1973 and a Ph.D. four years later, he became an instructor at Princeton Universitymarker, where he was promoted to Mellon Professor of English before returning to Yale in 1988. From 1995 he served as the Housum Professor of English at Yale. In 2006 he became Sterling Professor.

Bromwich is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciencesmarker.


Bromwich has published on Romantic and twentieth-century anglophone poetry, film, eighteenth-century moral philosophy, the history of ideas, and the role of higher education. His book Politics by Other Means: Higher Education and Group Thinking defends the ideals of liberal education against political encroachments from both Left and Right. Currently, he is writing an intellectual biography of Edmund Burke.

Bromwich reviews for The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, The London Review of Books, and many other U.S. and British journals.


  • Politics by Other Means: Higher Education and Group Thinking. Yale University Press.
  • A Choice of Inheritance: Self and Community from Edmund Burke to Robert Frost. Harvard University Press, 1989.
  • Hazlitt: The Mind of a Critic. Yale University Press, 1983 (second edition 1999).
  • Disowned by Memory: Wordsworth's Poetry of the 1790s. University of Chicago Press, 2000.
  • Skeptical Music: Essays on Modern Poetry. University of Chicago Press, 2001.

Miscellaneous books

  • (Editor) Romantic Critical Essays (Cambridge English Prose Texts). Cambridge University Press, 1988.

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