About Philip Nel

Philip Nel. Photo by Michael Henry, Aug. 2016

I teach, read, write, and blog.  Despite the fact that formal education held little interest prior to college, I somehow managed to become a Professor of English. (Since I teach in a university system with an ambiguous relationship to academic freedom, I think it legally prudent to avoid naming my employer here. Though, of course, you can easily discover my affiliation in a click or two.)  I’ve written and edited several books.  I’ve appeared on National Public Radio and CBS Sunday Morning, and have given lectures around the world.  Surprised?  Believe me, I’m far more surprised than you are.  And yet, implausible though this all seems, it’s also true.

If you’ve an abundance of time on your hands or suffer from insomnia, you are welcome to visit my meandering website.  You could also follow me on Twitter (philnel)Instagram (thephilnel), Spotify (thephilnel), or YouTube (ThePhilnel).  Or not.  You might take a nap.  Naps are nice, too.

Photo of Philip Nel by Michael Henry, Aug. 2016.

Keywords for Children's Literature, co-edited with Lissa Paul and Nina Christensen (2021) Crockett Johnson, Barnaby Vol. Four (1948-1949), ed. Philip Nel & Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics, 2020) Nel, Was the Cat in the Hat Black? Crockett Johnson, Barnaby Vol. Three (1946-1947), ed. Philip Nel & Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics, 2016) Crockett Johnson's Barnaby, Volume Two: 1944-1945, co-edited by Philip Nel and Eric Reynolds Crockett Johnson's Barnaby, Volume One: 1942-1943, co-edited with Eric Reynolds Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature Keywords for Children's Literature, co-edited with Lissa Paul (2011) Tales for Little Rebels, co-edited with Julia Mickenberg (2008)
The Annotated Cat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats (2007)
Crockett Johnson's Magic Beach (2005)
Dr. Seuss: American Icon (2004)
The Avant-Garde and American Postmodernity: Small Incisive Shocks (2002)
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Novels: A Reader's Guide (2001)


Book coming soon:

  • Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby Volume Five: 1950-1952, co-edited with Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics, 2022).

Complete list of publications on my CV.

14 Replies to “About Philip Nel”

  1. Thrilled to see your achievement sir, especially your interests in children’s literature, me to working little in this field, I’m bringing a on line journal on children’s literature, me from India (Karnataka, a state) – Anand Patil

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