- The Scribe (2015)
- The Resurrectionist: A Novel (2013)
- After Southern Modernism: Fiction of the Contemporary South (2000)
Matthew Guinn was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia and received a bachelor’s degree in English in 1992. He earned a master’s degree at the University of Mississippi.
Guinn earned his PhD in English at the University of South Carolina, where he was the assistant of author James Dickey. He has taught at the University of Mississippi, the University of South Carolina, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Tulane University’s School of Continuing Studies in Madison, Mississippi.
Guinn met his wife, Kristen while he was at the University of Mississippi. They have two children, Braiden and Phoebe.
Guinn currently resides in Jackson, Mississippi. His first novel, The Resurrectionist, was a 2014 nominee for the Edgar Award. It is the story of a young doctor and a slave “resurrectionist” at a South Carolina medical school. The story is somewhat based on the true story of Grandison Harris, a Georgian body snatcher, and according to Susan O’Bryan in the Clarion-Ledger, “weaves crime, social commentary and revenge into a moral parable of the South.” (CL, Jul. 2013). The book was published after Guinn’s manuscript was given to Andre Dubus III to read. He showed it to his publisher, who wanted to publish it.
Guinn’s next book, The Scribe, was published in 2015 by W. W. Norton. Guinn was a Panel Moderator at the 2016 Mississippi Book Festival.
- Matthew Guinn’s Facebook Page
- Q&A with Matthew Guinn. The Clarion-Ledger. 2014
- 2014 Edgar Award Nominee Spotlight: Matthew Guinn
- Review links for Guinn
- Matthew Guinn reads from his novel at Lorelei Books in Vicksburg
- Guinn comments on the parallels between The Resurrectionist and Jerry Mitchell’s story of the graves found at UMMC.