H. Bruce Franklin

H. Bruce Franklin


hbf [at] newark.rutgers.edu


One of America's leading cultural historians, H. Bruce Franklin is the author or editor of nineteen books and more than 300 articles on culture and history published in more than a hundred major magazines and newspapers, academic journals, and reference works. He has given over five hundred addresses on college campuses, on radio and TV shows, and at academic conferences, museums, and libraries, and he has participated in making four films. He has taught at Stanford University, Johns Hopkins, Wesleyan, and Yale and currently is the John Cotton Dana Professor of English and American Studies at Rutgers University in Newark.

Courses Taught

Vietnam and America; The Vietnam War and American Literature
The Vietnam War, Literature, and theTeaching of Literature
Crime and Punishment in American Literature
American Literature and the Marine Environment
Science Fiction, Technology, and Society



Stanford Wilson Fellow, 1960-1961. 

Grant-in-aid, American Council of Learned Societies, 1967. 

Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies, 1968-1969. 

Fellow, The Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University, 1974. 

Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship, 1975-1976. 

The Alexander Cappon Prize for the Essay, 1978. 

The Teacher of the Year Award, Alumni Association, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University, 1981. 

Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at Rutgers University, 1981. 

The Eaton Award of 1981 (for Robert A. Heinlein: America as Science Fiction). 

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend, 1982. 

The Pilgrim Award of 1983 (for Distinguished Lifetime Scholarship). 

Merit Awards for Teaching and Scholarship, Rutgers University, 1979; 1984; 1985; 1986; 1989; 1991; 1993; 1995; 1997; 1999; 2000; 2001; 2002; 2003; 2005; 2006; 2007.

William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences, Grant, 1987. 

Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research at Rutgers University, 1990. 

Distinguished Scholar Award, International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, 1990. 

Pioneer Award of 1991 (Science Fiction Research Association's award for best essay of the year: for "The Vietnam War as American Science Fiction and Fantasy").

Provost's Distinguished Research Award, 2007.

George Fox Award, Brooklyn Friends School, 2007.

The Carl Bode-Norman Holmes Pearson Prize for Lifetime Achievement in American Studies, 2008.

“One Community, One Book,” Wellfleet, MA, 2009.


Bachelor of Arts, Amherst College, Massachusetts, 1955. 

Doctor of Philosophy, English and American Literature, Stanford University,   1961. 

Certificate in Environmental Horticulture, College of San Mateo, California, 1974. 


BOOKS (selected)

THE WAKE OF THE GODS: MELVILLE'S MYTHOLOGY. Stanford University Press, 1963. xii+240 pages. Second (revised) edition and paperback edition, 1966. Third (revised) edition, 1983.

FUTURE PERFECT: AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION OF THE 19TH CENTURY. New York and London: Oxford University Press, 1966. xiii+401 pages. Second (revised) edition, 1968. Paperback edition (Galaxy Books, Oxford University Press), 1968. Expanded and revised edition (hardback and paperback), Oxford University Press, 1978. xiii+404 pages. 4th edition, expanded and revised, Rutgers University Press, 1995. 400 pages.

HERMAN MELVILLE'S MARDI: AND A VOYAGE THITHER (edition). New York: G. P. Putnam's, Capricorn Books, 1964. xv+581 pages.

THE SCARLET LETTER, TOGETHER WITH MAIN STREET, ETHAN BRAND, AND HAWTHORNE'S PUBLISHED CRITICAL WRITINGS, compiled, edited, with critical introduction. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1967. xxxiv+355 pages

HERMAN MELVILLE'S THE CONFIDENCE-MAN: HIS MASQUERADE. Annotated edition with critical introduction. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill, 1967. xxxiv+355 pages. Revised edition with Preface by Daniel Handler.  Normal, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 2007.  xxxiii+355 pages.

WHO SHOULD RUN THE UNIVERSITIES? John A. Howard, President of Rockford College, co-author. Washington, D.C.: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1969. v+243 pages.

FROM THE MOVEMENT: TOWARD REVOLUTION. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1971. (Historical essays and collection of primary documents.) xv+170 pages.
THE ESSENTIAL STALIN: MAJOR THEORETICAL WRITINGS, 1905-1952. New York: Doubleday, Anchor Books, 1972. London: Croom-Helms, 1973. (Collection, with historical introduction.) viii+511 pages. 

BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM. New York: Harper's Magazine Press, 1975. xviii+219 pages. 

THE VICTIM AS CRIMINAL AND ARTIST: LITERATURE FROM THE AMERICAN PRISON. New York and London: Oxford University Press, 1978. xxvi+337 pages. Paperback (revised and expanded) edition published as PRISON LITERATURE IN AMERICA: THE VICTIM AS CRIMINAL AND ARTIST. Westport, CT: Lawrence Hill & Co., 1982. xxx+303 pages. [Annotated bibliography published as companion volume.] Third edition, revised and expanded, including "Annotated Bibliography of Literature by American Prisoners, 1798-1988," New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989. xxxvi+341 pages. 

ROBERT A. HEINLEIN: AMERICA AS SCIENCE FICTION. New York and London: Oxford University Press, 1980. xvi+232 pages.


COUNTDOWN TO MIDNIGHT. (Collection of science fiction about nuclear weapons, with historical introduction and biographical, critical, and bibliographic materials.) New York: Daw Books, New American Library, 1984. 287 pages.
VIETNAM AND AMERICA: A DOCUMENTED HISTORY. Co-edited with historical introductions and notes co-authored with Marvin E. Gettleman, Jane M. Franklin, and Marilyn Young. New York: Grove Press, 1985; 1988. xvi+524 pages. Revised and expanded edition, New York: Grove/Atlantic, 1995. xv+560 pages.

WAR STARS: THE SUPERWEAPON AND THE AMERICAN IMAGINATION. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. x+256 pages.  Paperback edition, 1990.  Revised and expanded edition, Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2008. xii+280 pages.  [Spanish edition.  Translated by Mario Iribarren.  Buenos Aires: Final Abierto, 2011.  Japanese edition.  Translated by Nobuo Kamioka, November 2011.]

M.I.A. OR MYTHMAKING IN AMERICA. New York: Lawrence Hill & Co., 1992. xiii+225 pages. Expanded edition (paperback), New Brunswick and London: Rutgers University Press, 1993. xvii+252 pages.

THE VIETNAM WAR IN AMERICAN STORIES, SONGS, AND POEMS. (Collection.) Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, 1996. xii+347 pages.

PRISON WRITING IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICA. (Anthology.) New York: Penguin Books, 1998. xviii+366 pages.

VIETNAM AND OTHER AMERICAN FANTASIES.  Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press,  2000.  x1v+256 pages.  Paperback, 2001. [Spanish edition: VIETNAM Y LAS FANTASIAS NORTEAMERICANAS. Translated by Mario Iribarren. Introduction by Pablo Pozzi.  Buenos Aires: Final Abierto, 2008.  382 pages.]


THE MOST IMPORTANT FISH IN THE SEA: MENHADEN AND AMERICA.  Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2007.  vii+268 pages.  Paperback, 2008.

Associated Programs

American Studies