Michael Rosenthal

Michael Rosenthal
Department of English and Comparative Literature


Michael Rosenthal, PhD ’67 is a former Associate Dean of Columbia College and Roberta and William Campbell Professor in the Teaching of Literature Humanities in the Department of English and Comparative Literature.

Rosenthal has written a number of books. His most recent (2017) was Barney: Grove Press and Barney Rosset, the story of America’s Maverick publisher of the 1960s.

He also wrote a book entitled Nicholas Miraculous, on former University President Nicholas Murray Butler, as well as a book on Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts, called The Character Factory: Baden-Powell’s Boy Scouts and the Imperatives of Empire, and another on Virginia Woolf.