Laird Easton

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Office: Trinity 205 
Phone: (530) 898-4284


Dr. Easton’s current research project is a translation from German to English of The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler, 1880-1918 for publisher Alfred A. Knopf. Future projects include a study of the Darmstadt artists' colony in Germany, 1899 to 1914.


In November 2011 Knopf published my Journey to the Abyss:  The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler, 1880-1918, which I edited, translated, and annotated.  It was reviewed by The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Book Review, The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Times, The Barnes & Noble Book Review, The Spectator, The Threepenny Review, The Australian, The New York Review of BooksThe Atlantic named it as one of the top ten books of 2011.  Alex Ross, in his featured review in The New Yorker (April 23, 2012), called it “the supreme memoir of the grand European fin de siècle.”  In July 2012 I was interviewed on Phillip Adams’s radio show on the Australian Broadcasting Company.

In 2002 the University of California Press published The Red Count: The Life & Times of Harry Kessler.  It was reviewed by Harper’s, The Washington Post Book World, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Economist, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times Book Review, as well as by the major scholarly journals. The Economist listed  it as one of the five best biographies of 2002.      Klett-Cotta Verlag published a translation in German in 2005 which was listed as one of the best books of 2005 by Die literarische Welt.