Carl Smith

Carl SmithFranklyn Bliss Snyder Emeritus Professor of English & American Studies

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Carl Smith (Ph.D. American Studies, Yale University) is the author of Chicago and the American Literary Imagination, 1880-1920 (1984) and of Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief: The Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Bomb, and the Model Town of Pullman (1994), which won the Urban History Association's prize for Best Book in North American Urban History and the Society of Midland Authors' first prize for non-fiction.

His most recent book is The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City (2006), which won the Lewis Mumford Prize for Best Book in Planning History, given by the Society of American City, Regional, and Planning History. He is also the curator of the online Chicago Historical Society exhibitions, The Great Chicago Fire and the Web of Memory (1996) and The Dramas of Haymarket (2000), which have received several awards. A recipient of a WCAS Outstanding Teaching Award, Smith was named Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence in 1994. He teaches American literature and cultural history and holds a joint appointment in the history department.

Publications by Carl Smith

The Great Chicago Fire and the Web of Memory

The Dramas of Haymarket

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September 2, 2014