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    Jennifer Michael Hecht

    Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, philosopher, and historian. Her latest book is The Happiness Myth (Harper One, 2007), and her previous history and philosophy books include the bestseller Doubt: A History (HarperCollins, 2003), and The End of the Soul (Columbia University, 2003), which won the Phi Beta Kappa Society's 2004 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award “for scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.” Hecht's most recent poetry book, Funny, won the University of Wisconsin's 2005 Felix Pollak Prize, and Publisher's Weekly called it "one of the most original and entertaining books of the year." Her first poetry book, The Next Ancient World won the Poetry Society of America's 2002 First Book Award. Hecht's book reviews and poetry appear in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, American Poet, and The Washington Post. She earned her Ph.D. in the History of Science from Columbia University in 1995.

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