Donnelly, Matt 1972-

views updated

DONNELLY, Matt 1972-


Born November 30, 1972, in Lowell, MA; son of Robert and Joan Donnelly; married, December 22, 1995; wife's name, Amy (a therapist); children: Kylie. Education: Northeastern University, B.S., 1994; Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, M.A., 1998. Politics: "Conservative Republican." Religion: Roman Catholic. Hobbies and other interests: Theology, history.


Home 197 Centre St., Bath, ME 04530. E-mail [email protected].


Fresh Start Academy, Minneapolis, MN, educational assistant, 2001-02; Chop Point School, Woolwich, ME, high school teacher, 2002. Freelance copywriter, editor, and proofreader.


Theodore Roosevelt: Larger than Life, Linnet Books (North Haven, CT), 2003.

Work in Progress

Research on non-Christian religions and on church history.


Matt Donnelly told SATA: "Theodore Roosevelt: Larger than Life began with an arrogant thought. I was walking through the Monterey Public Library in California, and I came across some books on Theodore Roosevelt. After I leafed through some of them, I thought, 'I could write a better book than these.' That began a two-year project that resulted in the publication of my book.

"When I'm not writing, I'm either teaching (literature, history, philosophy, and drama), reading dusty old books, or spending quality time with my wife and daughter. I have a lot of interests, but my great escape is listening to Red Sox baseball games on the radio during sweltering Maine summers. I'm not sure which will come first: my first Pulitzer Prize or a Red Sox World Series championship (maybe neither one).

"I'm sure there's another book in me, but I'm still considering several topics that interest me."

Biographical and Critical Sources


Booklist, January 1, 2003, Carolyn Phelan, review of Theodore Roosevelt: Larger than Life, p. 867.

Horn Book, March-April, 2003, Betty Carter, review of Theodore Roosevelt, p. 223.

School Library Journal, March, 2003, Jeffrey A. French, review of Theodore Roosevelt, p. 249.