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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0364 Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Subject: Frank Wadsworth
I learned from Tom Reedy that Frank Wadsworth died recently.
Tom has set up a Wikipedia page as a memorial: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Wadsworth
Frank W. Wadsworth (June 14, 1919 – August 9, 2012) was an American Shakespearean scholar, author, and sportsman.
Life: He was born in New York City, the son of Prescott Kingsley Wadsworth and Elizabeth Downing (Whittemore) Wadsworth. He graduated from the Kent School in 1938 and served as a naval aviator in WWII. After the war he completed his A.B. degree at Princeton University, as well as his M.A. and Ph.D. He served on the faculty teaching English literature at the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Pittsburgh, and was a founder and Vice President for Academic Affairs for Purchase College. He also served as a member of the Selection Committee for The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation; and as a member of the Advisory Council, Department of English Princeton University.
He was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in 1961, and was the recipient of numerous academic awards and honors, including a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library
Fellow, and honorary Phi Beta Kappa.
Wadsworth was a trustee of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research from 1970 to 2006, an organization supporting anthropological research, and served as Chairman of the Board from 1977 to 1987. In recognition of his commitment to the scholarly integrity of anthropology, the Foundation renamed the Professional Development International Fellowship the Wadsworth Fellowship Program. His hobbies included horseback riding and sailing. He is buried in Arlington, Vermont.
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The Poacher from Stratford: Wadsworth was probably best known to the public for his The Poacher from Stratford (1958), a popular defense of Shakespeare’s authorship and the first such book written by an academic Shakespearean scholar. He thought that Shakespeare scholars should not dismiss the claims of those who believe that someone other than Shakespeare wrote the canon, and that treating the subject with silence worked instead to encourage rather than discourage such theories. [ . . . ]
An obituary appeared in the New York Times on August 15, 2012: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/NYTimes/obituary.aspx?n=FRANK-WADSWORTH&pid=159185786#fbLoggedOut
Another at the “The Wenner-Gren Blog” with picture: http://blog.wennergren.org/2012/08/frank-wadsworth-1919-2012-wenner-gren-foundation-trustee/