Evans, Gwynne Blakemore 1912–2005

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Evans, Gwynne Blakemore 1912–2005

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born March 31, 1912, in Columbus, OH; died of complications from a stroke, December 23, 2005, in Cambridge, MA. Educator and author. Evans was a noted Shakespearean scholar at Harvard University. He earned a B.A. from Ohio State University in 1934, an M.A. from the University of Cincinnati in 1936, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1940. After teaching at the University of Wisconsin at Madison for a year, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Signal Corps and served in England during World War II. He then returned to Madison briefly before joining the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty in 1947. He taught there through the 1950s and much of the 1960s; next, Evans moved on to Harvard University as a professor of English literature, retiring as Cabot Professor of English Literature emeritus in 1982. As might be expected, Evans edited numerous works on William Shakespeare over the years, most notably the six-volume Shakespearean Prompt-Books of the Seventeenth Century (1960–80), and The Riverside Shakespeare (1974; second edition, 1997). He also produced works about other Elizabethan writers, including William Cartwright and Ben Jonson. The subject of his last book was Robert Parry, a disciple of Jonson's. Evans's The Poems of Robert Parry was scheduled to be published posthumously.



New York Times, January 11, 2006, p. A33.

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