Martin Puchner is a literary critic and philosopher.
As a critic, his main focus is on modernism, the literary manifesto and modern drama. After studying in Konstanz University, University of Bologna and the University of California, Martin now holds the Byron and Anita Wien Chair of Drama and of English Comparative Literature at Harvard University.
He is the general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature and lectures on world literature. He won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017 and is currently a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library.
His most recent book is an account of literature from the invention of writing to the internet, The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization. The book won advance praise from Margaret Atwood and was widely praised by critics.