The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0217 Friday, 11 April 2008
Date: Friday, 11 Apr 2008 11:44:16 +1200
Subject: G.K Hunter
I have this morning received the sad news that George K. Hunter has
died. He was Emeritus Professor of English at Yale, retired for some
years. Professor Hunter was the author or editor of numerous well- known
and important books on Shakespeare and the English Renaissance,
including a groundbreaking book on John Lyly: the Humanist as Courtier,
the magisterial OHEL volume on The Age of Shakespeare, a book on
Paradise Lost, a volume of critical essays, Dramatic identities and
cultural tradition, and editions of plays by Lyly, Webster, Marston, and
Shakespeare. His British Academy lecture on "Othello and colour
prejudice" of 1967 remains very well known and frequently cited.
Those who met George will recall his wide learning, genial humour, and
quick wit. Those who, like me, were taught or supervised by him, will
add to these his scholarly generosity and patience, and his sharp eye.
Shakespeare studies is impoverished by his loss.
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