Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

Brian Murray

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Professor of Writing
Maryland Hall 043F
410-617-2934 (fax)


Brian Murray’s books include H.G. Wells and Charles Dickens, which the distinguished literary critic and Dickens scholar Edward Wagenknecht called “an able, stimulating, and at times exciting book,” that “has met the challenge of one of the greatest of all novelists fairly and squarely upon his own ground.”  David Castronovo called Brian Murray’s 2009 illustrated Bedside Guide to Dickens (Continuum/Bloomsbury) “a deeply satisfying way to visit and revisit the Dickens World.” 

Brian Murray has also been an advisor and contributor to the Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century and the Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature.  He has also written about D.H. Lawrence, Bram Stoker, H.G. Wells and other figures for several volumes of the Dictionary of Literary Biography. His books and critical essays have been reprinted or excerpted in The Concise DLB, Modern Mystery, Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers, Contemporary Literary Criticism and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (forthcoming).  

Brian Murray’s essays and reviews have also appeared in various print and online publications including Studies in Short Fiction, First Things, the Weekly Standard, the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Times and the Library of Law and Liberty, and have been cited or linked on Arts and Letters Daily, Arts Journal, the Huffington Post and the online editions of Reason and Forbes, among other places. 

Other more recent publications include “Fellini inesplorato: il significato de La Dolce Vita in Nuova Corvina (Instituto Italiano di Cultura) and “Reading Artie Shaw” in The Reader (UK).  

His biographical essay on the television writer Rod Serling appears in the Winter 2016 volume of the New Atlantis


At Loyola Brian Murray has taught in the Writing Department, the Honors Program and the graduate program in Liberal Studies, where he has offered a wide variety of courses related to modern literature, contemporary culture  and film, including “The American Bestseller 1950-70,” and “The 1970s: Ideas Have Consequences.” He has also team-taught “The 1980s: Fiction, Film and Philosophy” (with Graham Macaleer, Department of Philosophy).