Historian and Author Douglass Shand-Tucci has been Senior Affiliate in the History of Architecture in Eliot House, Harvard University, and has also taught at MIT. Currently he is on the faculty of the Boston Architectural College.
A Boston-based historian of American art and architecture and Boston studies, Shand-Tucci's first book was Built in Boston (University of Massachusetts Press, 1986, 2001). His best known is undoubtedly The Art of Scandal (Harper Collins, 1997), a biography of Isabella Stewart Gardner, which earned a front page review in The New York Times Book Review and was an “Editors’ Choice” on the Times “Best Sellers” page. In a different vein is Shand-Tucci's Harvard University (Princeton, 2001) with a foreword by Harvard president, Neil Rudenstine.
Many of Shand-Tucci’s books have been pathbreaking. His two-volume biography of Ralph Adams Cram (Massachusetts, 1994, 2005) has been hailed by Harvard’s Peter Gomes as “brilliant, historic, profoundly relevant scholarship” and as “magisterial” by Director Peter Cormack of London’s William Morris Gallery.
Shand-Tucci’s The Crimson Letter (St. Martin’s, 2003) has also helped to shape recent T. S. Eliot studies. In The Times (of London) Sir William Rees Mogg compared Shand-Tucci's book to Louis Menand's The Metaphysical Club.