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Alexander, Edward 1936–

Alexander, Edward 1936–


Born December 28, 1936, in Brooklyn, NY; son of Harry and Sadie Alexander; married Leah McClement, July 3, 1958; children: Rebecca Frieda, David Morris. Ethnicity: "Jewish." Education: Columbia University, B.A. (cum laude), 1957; University of Minnesota, M.A., 1959, Ph.D., 1963; University of London, graduate study, 1961-62. Politics: Conservative. Religion: Jewish.


Home—Seattle, WA; fax: 206-685-2673. E-mail—[email protected]


University of Washington, Seattle, instructor, 1960-64, assistant professor, 1964-67, associate professor, 1967-69, professor of English, 1969-2004, professor emeritus, 2004—. Visiting professor, Tufts University, 1968, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1981-82, Tel-Aviv University, 1984-89, and Memphis State University, 1988.


National Association of Scholars, Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, Phi Beta Kappa.


Fulbright fellow in England, 1961-62; American Council of Learned Societies fellowship, 1966-67; John Simon Guggenheim fellowship, 1974-75.


Matthew Arnold and John Stuart Mill, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 1965.

(Editor and author of introduction) John Stuart Mill, Literary Essays, Bobbs-Merrill (Indianapolis, IN), 1967.

John Morley, Twayne Publishers (New York, NY), 1972.

Matthew Arnold, John Ruskin, and the Modern Temper, Ohio State University Press (Columbus, OH), 1973.

The Resonance of Dust: Essays on Holocaust Literature and Jewish Fate, Ohio State University Press (Columbus, OH), 1979.

Isaac Bashevis Singer, Twayne Publishers (Boston, MA), 1980.

The Jewish Idea and Its Enemies: Personalities, Issues, Events, Transaction Publishers (New Brunswick, NJ), 1987.

(Editor, with R.J. Loewenberg, and contributor) The Israeli Fate of Jewish Liberalism, University Press of America (Lanham, MD), 1988.

Isaac Bashevis Singer: A Study of the Short Fiction, Twayne (Boston, MA), 1990.

(Editor) With Friends like These: The Jewish Critics of Israel, Shapolsky Publishers (New York, NY), 1993.

The Holocaust and the War of Ideas, Transaction Publishers (New Brunswick, NJ), 1994.

The Jewish Wars: Reflections by One of the Belligerents, Southern Illinois University Press (Carbondale, IL), 1996.

Irving Howe—Socialist, Critic, Jew, Indiana University Press (Bloomington, IN), 1998.

(Editor) John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, Broadview Press (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada), 1999.

(Editor) John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Women, Transaction Publishers (New Brunswick, NJ), 2001.

Classical Liberalism and the Jewish Tradition, Transaction Publishers (New Brunswick, NJ), 2003.

(Editor, with Paul Bogdanor) The Jewish Divide over Israel: Accusers and Defenders, Transaction Publishers (New Brunswick, NJ), 2006.

Author of forward to Partners in Hate: Noam Chomsky and the Holocaust Deniers by Werner Cohn, Cambridge, 1995; contributor to other books, including Literary Criticism and Historical Understanding, edited by Philip Damon, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 1967; The Victorian Experience: The Prose Writers, edited by Richard Levine, Ohio University Press (Athens, OH), 1982; The Middle East: Uncovering the Myths, Anti-Defamation League (New York, NY), 1991; and Israel at 50, 1948-1998: A Symposium, American Jewish Committee (New York, NY), 1998. Contributor of more than 200 essays, articles, and reviews to periodicals, including American Jewish History, Commentary, Jerusalem Post, Judaism, Middle East Quarterly, Modern Language Review, New England Review, Wilson Quarterly, Congress Monthly, and World Affairs.


Edward Alexander once told CA that he has a reading knowledge of French, Spanish, Hebrew, and German.

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