Professors love to read what other professors are writing. They also like books that win big shiny awards. Here are 10 books that meet that criteria. Remember students: giving your professor a brand new expensive biography could make the difference between an A- and an A. Trust us.

'A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster' by Wendy Moffat

A GREAT UNRECORDED HISTORY:
A New Life of E. M. Forster
by Wendy Moffat
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

  • Author is a real-life professor

DIAGHILEV

DIAGHILEV:
A Life
by Sjeng Scheijen
Oxford University Press

  • Published by a university press
  • Professors often support “the arts”

'Just Kids' by Patti Smith

JUST KIDS
by Patti Smith
Harper/Ecco

  • National Book Award Winner

ROOM
by Emma Donoghue
Little, Brown

  • Man Booker Prize Shortlisted

The Cross of Redemption Uncollected Writings

THE CROSS OF REDEMPTION
Uncollected Writings
by James Baldwin, edited by Randall Kenan
Knopf

  • Kenan is a professor too!

The Professor and Other Writings By Terry Castle

THE PROFESSOR AND OTHER WRITINGS
by Terry Castle
Harper

  • Has “professor” in the title [!!]
  • An Amazon Top 10 Book (Gay & Lesbian)

‘Secret Historian’ By Justin Spring

THE SECRET HISTORIAN
The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade
by Justin Spring
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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  • National Book Award Finalist
  • Also has “professor” in the title

'The Silver Hearted' by David McConnell

THE SILVER HEARTED
by David McConnell
Alyson Books

  • Author hangs out with lots of professors

‘The Sixties: Diaries:1960-1969′ by Christopher Isherwood

THE SIXTIES:
Diaries:1960-1969
by Christopher Isherwood
Harper

  • Author’s 1964 novel A Single Man, that depicted a day in the life of George, a middle-aged, gay Englishman who is a (you guessed it!) professor at a Los Angeles university.

'The Talented Miss Highsmith' by Joan Schenkar

THE TALENTED MISS HIGHSMITH:
The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith
by Joan Schenkar
Picador

  • Lambda Literary Award Winner 2010
  • New York Times Notable Book 2010


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