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Duncan WuDuncan Wu is Raymond A. Wagner Professor of Poetry at Georgetown University. He is an internationally acknowledged authority on Romanticism and the world's leading authority on the life and work of William Hazlitt.

He is the author of twenty-two books about the Romantic period and Victorian poetry, including the widely used textbook Romanticism: An Anthology (Blackwell, now in its third edition); Hazlitt: The First Modern Man (Oxford University Press; published in the UK and US, 2008); The New Writings of William Hazlitt (Oxford University Press; published in the UK and US, 2007); and Wordsworth's Poets (Carcanet; 2003). He lives in McLean, Virginia.

His Dog-eared - Poems About Humanity’s Best Friend was published by Basic Books in 2020.


Duncan Wu
Dogs are at once among the most ordinary of animals and the most beloved by mankind. But what we may not realize is that for as long as we have loved dogs, our poets have been seriously engaged with them.

In this collection, English professor Duncan Wu digs into the wealth of poetry about our furry friends -- who have been domesticated longer than any other species -- to show not only how attitudes toward dogs have changed over the centuries, but how those changes have been refracted through the prism of literature. While it's natural for dog lovers to understand their canine companions as whimsical, and to sentimentalize them, the greatest poets have transcended that impulse, and written about dogs in a way that engages with the more serious aspects of their lives -- and ours.

Dogs have, in short, insinuated themselves into nearly every facet of human thought. And to see them as anything less than of central significance in our cultural perceptions is to underestimate them. Rich and inviting, Dog-eared is a definitive, spellbinding collection of poetic musings about humans and dogs.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Dog-eared (Basic Books, USA 2020);Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English 1500-2001 (with Carolyn Forché) (WW Norton and Company, 2014); William Hazlitt: The First Modern Man (Oxford University Press, 2008); Nicholas Heiney: The Silence at the Song’s End co-edited with Libby Purves (Song’s End Press, 2007); New Writings of William Hazlitt (2 vols., Oxford University Press, 2007; Romanticism: An Anthology (The Third Edition) (Blackwell, 2005); Metaphysical Hazlitt (Routledge, 2005) (co-edited with Tom Paulin and Uttara Natarajan); Wordsworth’s Poets (Carcanet, 2003); The Blackwell Essential Literature Series (General editorship). (7 vols., Blackwell, 2002); Wordsworth: An Inner Life (Blackwell, 2002); Making Plays: Interviews with Contemporary British Dramatists and Directors (Macmillan, 2000). Wordsworth’s Reading 1770-1799 (Cambridge University Press, 1993); Wordsworth: A Selection of his Finest Poems (Oxford University Press, 1994); Romanticism: An Anthology (Blackwell, 1994); William Wordsworth: The Earliest Poems 1785-1790 (Carcanet/Routledge, 2002); British Romanticism and the Edinburgh Review (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002); The Selected Writings of William Hazlitt (9 vols., Pickering and Chatto, 1998); A Companion to Romanticism (Blackwell, 1998); Romanticism: An Anthology (Second Edition) (Blackwell, 1998); Romanticism: The CD-ROM. Co-edited with David Miall (Blackwell, 1998); William Hazlitt, The Plain Speaker: Key Essays (Blackwell, 1998); Women Romantic Poets: An Anthology (Blackwell, 1997); Wordsworth’s Reading 1800-1815 (Cambridge University Press, 1996); Six Contemporary Dramatists: Bennett, Potter, Gray, Brenton, Hare, Ayckbourn (Macmillan Press, 1995); Romanticism: A Critical Reader (Blackwell, 1995).