Tom Plummer holds master's and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University and is a professor of German language and literature at Brigham Young University. He is the author of the award-winning Eating Chocolates and Dancing in the Kitchen, a book of sketches about marriage and family. He and his wife, Louise, have four sons and live in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Tom Plummer spent his "first career" as a professor of German, specializing in German cinema, literature, and art up to 1933. He spent a great deal of time on German expressionism, having been smitten by artists who dared to use brilliant cyans, magentas, and goldenrods, and to frame their work in defiant angles and alien shapes. When he took up painting in retirement, he returned to that paradoxical world where he began. He has struggled to paint with emotion, to slosh on clashing colors and lines, which lead in unpredictable directions, and which embrace an ironic view. He cannot escape the oxymorons that bubble up from those early works of art.
Ph.D., Harvard University, Germanic Languages and Literatures, M.A. Harvard University, Germanic Languages and Literatures, B.A. University of Utah, German
Professor of German, Brigham Young University and Assistant and Associate Professor of German, University of Minnesota