Books by Matthew Pearl

MATTHEW PEARL graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude in English and American Literature in 1997. He won the prestigious Dante Prize from the Dante Society of America for his scholarly work. He wrote the first draft of The Dante Club while atten


THE LAST BOOKANEER by Matthew Pearl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Pearl is a smooth writer whose adoption of the ambling pace, digressions, and melodrama of an earlier literary era may not suit today's instant gratifiers, but he offers many of the charms and unrushed distractions of a favorite old bookstore."
An entertaining adventure tale steeped in literary history tells of rival book pirates seeking their biggest prize, the last novel of Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94). Read full book review >
THE TECHNOLOGISTS by Matthew Pearl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Of appeal to fans of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films, as well as aficionados of a good adventure layered with batteries, transformers and navigational tools."
Brains and technology battle evil in Pearl's (The Last Dickens, 2009, etc.) latest, an improbable but entertaining yarn of weird science. Read full book review >
THE LAST DICKENS by Matthew Pearl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2009

"A pleasing whodunit that resolves nicely, bookending Dan Simmons's novel Drood (2009) as an imaginative exercise in what might be called alternative literary history."
A rousing yarn of opium, book pirating, murder most foul, man-on-man biting and other shenanigans—and that's just for starters. Read full book review >
THE POE SHADOW by Matthew Pearl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2006

"A few surprises aside, however, too little of substance happens, and Pearl's virtually bloodless characters never engage our interest. A disappointing successor to Pearl's terrific first novel."
The still-unexplained death of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) is the subject of the Cambridge, Mass., author's follow-up to his popular debut historical thriller, The Dante Club (2003). Read full book review >
THE DANTE CLUB by Matthew Pearl
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 11, 2003

"Great fun figuring out whodunit and why: a devil of a time."
Ingenious use of details and motifs from the Divine Comedy, and a lively picture of the literary culture of post-bellum New England, distinguish this juicy debut historical mystery. Read full book review >