Eric Lehman

Professor, English, School of Arts and SciencesProfessor, English, School of Arts and Sciences
Office Location: 202 Bryant Hall
Telephone: (203) 576-4504
Email: elehman@bridgeport.edu
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Biography

M.A., American Literature, The Pennsylvania State University
B.A., American Literature Kenyon College

Eric D. Lehman has taught at the University of Bridgeport for over fifteen years, and has directed the creative writing program for the last decade. In addition to his work in the English Department, in the past he has taught for the Distance Learning, IDEAL, and Education programs. He is the editor of the school literary magazine, Groundswell, and of the faculty essay series, The Commons. He lectures often outside the context of the University and has given over a hundred presentations of his research to historical societies, museums, and other groups.

Professor Lehman is the author of many books about the history and culture of his adopted state, including A History of Connecticut Food, Literary Connecticut, A History of Connecticut Wine, Bridgeport: Tales from the Park City, and Hamden: Tales from the Sleeping Giant. He has also written a travel guide, The Insiders’ Guide to Connecticut, and a memoir, Afoot in Connecticut: Journeys in Natural History, which was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His biography Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity was recently released by Wesleyan University Press and won the Henry Russell Hitchcock Award from the Victorian Society of America and was chosen as one of the American Library Association’s outstanding university press books of the year. His ninth and tenth books are forthcoming in 2015.

In addition to his many books, Professor Lehman’s essays, reviews, and stories have been published in dozens of journals and magazines, from Gastronomica to Antiques Trader. He is also one of America’s top scholars of author Henry Miller, writing annually for Nexus: The International Henry Miller Journal and other publications.

Courses Taught

English 101 Composition

English 201 Fiction Writing

English 215 Literature of Travel and Adventure

English 180 Science Fiction

English 218 Autobiographical Writing

English 308 Advanced Creative Writing

History 325 Connecticut History

Areas of Interest

Connecticut history, Bridgeport, Hamden, Connecticut literature, Tom Thumb, P.T. Barnum, Benedict Arnold, American history, Henry Miller, American literature, travel literature, fiction writing, autobiographical writing, letter writing, personal essays, history writing, Connecticut wine

Publications

Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, Fall 2014.

Literary Connecticut: The Hartford Wits, Mark Twain, and the New Millennium. Charleston, SC: The History Press, April 2014. With Amy Nawrocki.

Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, Fall 2013.

Afoot in Connecticut: Journeys in Natural History. Pawcatuck, CT: Homebound Publications, May 2013.

A History of Connecticut Food: A Proud Tradition of Puddings, Clambakes, and Steamed Cheeseburgers. Charleston, SC: The History Press, May 2012. With Amy Nawrocki.

Insiders’ Guide to Connecticut. Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press, March 2012.

A History of Connecticut Wine: Vineyard in Your Backyard. Charleston, SC: The History Press, April 2011. With Amy Nawrocki.

Hamden: Tales from the Sleeping Giant. Charleston, SC: The History Press, April 2010.

Bridgeport: Tales from the Park City. Charleston, SC: The History Press, March 2009.

“Examining the Dump Heap: Prejudice in Henry Miller’s Moloch.” NEXUS: The International Henry Miller Journal. Issue 10. Summer 2013.

Honors & Awards

Henry Russell Hitchcock Award. Victorian Society in America. Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity.

Best of the Best of the University Presses 2014. American Library Association. Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity.