Douglas Murray (Ph.D, University of North Carolina) is a Professor of English at Belmont University in Nashville, TN . He gravitates toward British rather than American literature and feels most at home with works of the 17th-early 20th centuries. His favorite novelist is Jane Austen, whose works he has helped edit for the Oxford University Press. Favorite poets include Donne, Pope, Blake, Hopkins and Eliot. His missions include teaching readers to feel poetry in their bones and to expand their reading beyond works penned in the last 15 minutes. He teaches Surveys of British Literature on the undergraduate and graduate levels, and advanced courses on the 18th century, the Gothic, Jane Austen and the British novel. He loves working with freshmen (First-Year Writing) and is always encouraging students to study abroad, especially in Britain and France.
He is also a musician, serving as organist at Nashville's Second Presbyterian Church. His musical specialties include improvisation in the French and baroque styles and all music associated with the Church of England. He has been a prize-winner in three international improvisation competitions: the American Guild of Organists National Competition in 2012 and 2014 and the University of Michigan Competition in 2016. He has been named a Visiting Fellow at the Chawton House Library in England fur June 2017.