Philip Baruth is a professor of English at the University of Vermont and served as the majority leader of the Vermont Senate from 2012–2016. An award-winning commentator for Vermont Public Radio for a dozen years, he is the author of four novels as well as screenplays, radio commentaries, and works of scholarship. His novel, The Brothers Boswell, was included on the Washington Post list of "Best Books of 2009." It was also an Indie Next List Notable Book. The novel, a historical thriller, tells the story of the relationship
between James Boswell (famous biographer of Samuel Johnson) and Boswell's younger brother John. In this fictionalized account, the envious younger brother pursues Boswell and Johnson with malicious intent. Baruth's novel The X President was a New York Times Notable Book of 2003. It is a time-travel narrative focused on the presidency of Bill Clinton. Baruth is also a
notable writer of short fiction. In 1994 he won the Black Warrior Review Annual Fiction Prize for his short story "Peaheart." Other stories have appeared in New England Review, Denver Quarterly, Carolina Quarterly, and TriQuarterly. "Peaheart" and other stories are now collected in American Zombie Beauty (Wolfson Press 2015). His most recent work is the highly-praised biography Senator Leahy: A Life in Scenes.