Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 106. Monday, 25 May 1992.
From: Chris Sullivan <
Date: Monday, May 25, 1992, 10:07:46.94
Subject: G. B. Harrison
Professor George Bagshawe Harrison, Shakespeare scholar, editor, and
teacher, died in New Zealand on November 1, 1991, at the age of 97.
Professor Harrison not only taught many hundreds of students of English
literature during his forty years of service at universities in Britain,
Canada, and the United States, but he was known to tens of thousands more
from his text of Shakespeare's Complete Works, widely used in university
courses since its publication in 1952. Professor Harrison was born in
Hove, Sussex, England, on July 14, 1894. His education at Queens'
College, Cambridge, was interrupted by the first world war, during which
he served in India and Mesopotamia. In 1919 he returned to Cambridge,
where he took a first class degree in English literature in 1920, one of
the first such awarded.
Harrison became reader in English literature at King's College, London, in
1924, and remained there until the start of the second world war, when he
rejoined the army. In 1943 he was released from the army to take up the
post of Head of the Department of English at Queen's University, Ontario.
In 1949 he went to the University of Michigan, and in l963-64 he was a
member of the English faculty at the University of Windsor, in Windsor,
Ontario. His publications include, besides his editions of the plays,
a guide, the Companion to Shakespeare Studies (with Harley Granville-Barker),
books on John Bunyan and the Earl of Essex, and the remarkable fictional
Elizabethan and Jacobean journals. After his retirement, Harrison served
on the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, for the Roman
Catholic Church, for which he was instrumental in translating the Latin
Mass into English.
Professor Harrison's wife, Dorothy Agnes Barker, whom he married in 1919,
died in 1986. He outlived his three sons and is survived by a daughter,
who lives in New Zealand, where he had moved to be near her.
John F. Sullivan
University of Windsor