Hello. My name is Alan Jacobs. I am Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University, and a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.

My next book (well, you know, “my” book) is a critical edition of W. H. Auden’s 1955 collection of poems The Shield of Achilles. You may pre-order it at the Princeton University Press website or at Amazon.

Shield of Achilles

My most recent already-published book is called Breaking Bread with the Dead. You may get a brief preview of it by reading this excerpt.

My previous book is called The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis.

Before that I published How to Think. And before that came The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography and a critical edition of Auden’s long poem The Age of Anxiety (both Princeton University Press, 2013). You can find a mostly-complete list of my books here. You can also look at a PDF of my CV.


About social media: I don’t do the common platforms, but I have a blog and I'm on micro.blog. If you want to see pretty much everything I post online, you may subscribe to a weekly digest of my micro.blog posts — I link there to everything I post elsewhere (at least, when I remember).

Here are some essays I’ve published in the past few years:

  • “You Keep Using That Word” in Comment
  • “Looking Westward” in Raritan
  • “The Far Invisible: Thomas Pynchon as America’s Theologian” in The Hedgehog Review
  • “The Blues Idiom at Church” in Comment
  • “A Humanism of the Abyss” in The New Atlantis
  • “Between Chaos and the Man” in Harper's
  • “Staying for the Truth” in The Hedgehog Review
  • “The Love Feast” (on Auden) in Harper's
  • “Something Happened By Us: A Demonology” in The New Atlantis
  • “Recovering Piety” in Comment
  • “Injured Parties” in The Hedgehog Review
  • “Status Anxiety” (on Jonathan Franzen) at Harper’s
  • “What Is Cosmotechnics?” in The New Atlantis
  • “Everything Is Illuminated” (on William Blake) at Harper's
  • “Raising Kael” at Literary Hub
  • “After Technopoly” in The New Atlantis
  • “Prophet of the Human-Built World: An Introduction to John Ruskin” in Comment
  • “Thomas Merton, the Monk Who Became a Prophet” at The New Yorker
  • “Tending the Digital Commons: A Small Ethics toward the Future” in The Hedgehog Review
  • “Outside In” in Comment
  • “Wokeness and Myth on Campus” in The New Atlantis
  • “Filth Therapy: A Cunning Word” in Comment
  • If you would like to invite me to speak, first of all Thank you, but I am no longer doing public speaking, for reasons I explain here.

    If you are a student of mine, here are some pages for you to look at:

    Here are a few other online places where you can find my writing: