Sean Wilentz

United States, 1951

Sean Wilentz is a writer and Professor of History at Princeton. His father Eli Wilentz owned the 8th Street Bookshop, a hotspot of the literary scene in New York in the 1950s and 60s. As such, Wilentz grew up among the greats of the Beat Generation who frequented the bookshop, like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. Wilentz’ most prominent works are the monumental The Rise of American Democracy (2005), The Age of Reagan (2008) and Bob Dylan in America (2010), a great classic on Dylan’s place in American cultural history. Wilentz is historian in residence of Bob Dylan’s official website and is a frequent contributor to publications such as The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review and Dissent.