Philip D. Beidler is a professor of American literature at the University of Alabama, and the author and editor of books on Alabama literature, the Vietnam War, and other topics. For his work on Vietnam writers, he has been called "one of the founding fathers of Vietnam War studies."
Beidler, who is of German and Quaker descent, did his undergraduate at Davidson College, then served as a lieutenant in an armored cavalry platoon in Vietnam. He received Master's and Doctoral degrees in English from the University of Virginia. He became a professor at Alabama in the early 1970s, served as director of graduate studies and as assistant dean, and was awarded the 1999 Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award.
- American Literature and the Experience of Vietnam. Athens: U of Georgia P. 1982.
- Re-writing America: Vietnam Authors in Their Generation. Athens: U of Georgia P. 1991.
- Scriptures for a Generation: What We Were Reading in the '60s. Athens: U of Georgia P. 1994.
- Late Thoughts on an Old War: The Legacy of Vietnam. Athens: U of Georgia P. 2004.
- The art of fiction in the heart of Dixie: An anthology of Alabama writers. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P. 1986. ISBN 978-0-8173-0313-6.
- Many voices, many rooms: a new anthology of Alabama writers. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P. 1998. ISBN 978-0-8173-0867-4.