Panthea Reid has been an NEH Fellow, a Fulbright lecturer, an Honorary Fellow of Birkbeck College, University of London, and President of the South Central MLA. She holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she is Emerita Professor of English at Louisiana State University.
Reid is the author of Art and Affection: A Life of Virginia Woolf (Oxford, 1996), called “a sensitive and meticulous biography” by Library Journal and which earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Dubbed a “biographic bombshell,” Reid’s biography Tillie Olsen: One Woman, Many Riddles (Rutgers, 2009), earned another starred review in Publishers Weekly and was called a “richly textured history” by Forward and “a marvelously evocative book” by The Advocate.
After the death of her husband, Jonathan Swift scholar John Irwin Fischer in 2015, Panthea wrote Body and Soul, a memoir about their life together and the reflections of his sudden death as well as sound advice and resources for those dealing with grief and loss. During this time, Panthea finished for John his last work, which also appears to be the last work of Jonathan Swift to reach publication. Swift’s Word-Book, edited by Arch Elias and John Fischer, was accepted for publication by University of Delaware Press right at the time she finished Body and Soul.