Larry Lockridge is Professor Emeritus of English, New York University. He previously taught at Harvard, Rutgers, and Northwestern, and has held Danforth, Woodrow Wilson, and Guggenheim fellowships. He twice served as Director, New York University in London. His books include Coleridge the Moralist (Cornell UP, 1977), The Ethics of Romanticism (Cambridge UP, 1989, rpt. 2005), and Nineteenth-Century Lives (co-edited, Cambridge UP, 1989, rpt. 2008). He is better known for a biography of his father, Shade of the Raintree: The Life and Death of Ross Lockridge, Jr., Author of Raintree County (Viking, 1994; Indiana UP, 2014, rpt. with new preface). For this biography he received the MidAmerica Award, given by the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature. In 2014 he co-curated a centennial exhibition, “A Celebration of the Life and Work of Ross Lockridge, Jr.,” at the Lilly Library, Indiana University. He has keynoted two international conferences on suicidology. Continuing to live in New York City, he has been at work on a series of short satiric novels.
Shade of the Raintree: The Life and Death of Ross Lockridge, Jr., Author of Raintree County
Though it contains elements of memoir, Shade of the Raintree is a fully researched biography. I was only five at the time of my father's death by suicide, just as his unagented debut novel Raintree County topped the nation's best-seller lists.