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Richard Davison


Richard Allan Davison is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Delaware, where he was the Associate Chair from 1969-1974. He earned his B.A. at Middlebury College, his M.A. at the University of Rochester, and his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. He taught at Gettysburg College and Seattle University and was a Visiting Professor at Washington College and at universities in Essen and Cologne, Germany. While at Seattle University, he was the Director of the English Graduate Program. In 1966, he wrote and hosted a television series of thirty-nine shows called “Literature and Life.” Professor Davison has published numerous articles on such figures as Shakespeare, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman, Stephen Crane, Hart Crane, Fitzgerald, Robert Penn Warren, Steinbeck, Albee, Salinger, and Hemingway. He has published articles and books on Frank, Charles, and Kathleen Norris. He is also past president of the Frank Norris Society. He has co-edited two books on theatre with Jackson Bryer, The Actor’s Art (2001) and The Art of the American Musical (2005), both published by Rutgers University Press. He was a recipient of the University of Delaware College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, and he has lectured widely in the United States, Canada, and Europe.