Piacentino, Edward J. 1945–

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Piacentino, Edward J. 1945–

(Ed Piacentino, Edward Joseph Piacentino)


Born February 6, 1945, in Marion, OH; married Diane Kennon, May 17, 1997; children: Holly Elizabeth Piacentino Hyde, Edward Joseph, Jr. Ethnicity: "American." Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1967, Ph.D., 1973; Appalachian State University, M.A., 1968. Religion: Roman Catholic. Hobbies and other interests: Swimming, hiking, biking, snow skiing, gardening.


Home—High Point, NC. Office—Department of English, High Point University, University Station Montlieu Ave., High Point, NC 27262. E-mail—[email protected].


Southeastern Community College, Whiteville, NC, instructor in English, 1968-70; Durham Technical Institute, Durham, NC, adjunct instructor in English, 1971-72; High Point University, High Point, NC, assistant professor, 1973-77, associate professor, 1977-83, professor of English, 1983—, director of honors program, 1985-95. Conference and seminar participant.


Modern Language Association of America (American literature section), Society for the Study of Southern Literature (member of executive council, 2003-08; coeditor of online bibliography, 2006—), American Humor Studies Association.


Meredith Clark Slane Distinguished Teaching Award, High Point University, 1986; Ruth Ridenhour Award Scholarly & Professional Achievement Award, 2007; Ruth Ridenhour Award Scholarly & Professional Achievement Award, 2007.


(Editor and author of introduction) Doesticks: What He Says, Scholars' Facsimiles and Reprints (Delmar, NY), 1986.

(Editor and author of introduction) T.S. Stribling, Birthright, Scholars' Facsimiles and Reprints (Delmar, NY), 1987.

T.S. Stribling: Pioneer Realist in Modern Southern Literature, University Press of America (Lanham, MD), 1988.

(Editor, with M. Thomas Inge, and contributor) The Humor of the Old South, University Press of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), 2001.

(Under name Ed Piacentino; editor and contributor) The Enduring Legacy of Old Southwest Humor, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 2006.

Contributor to books, including Masques, Mysteries, and Mastodons: A Poe Miscellany, edited by Benjamin Franklin Fisher, Edgar Allan Poe Society (Baltimore, MD), 2006; and to reference books. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Mississippi Quarterly, Southern Literary Journal, American Literature, Studies in Short Fiction, Southern Quarterly, American Quarterly, and Poe Studies. Studies in American Humor, associate editor, 2003-08, editor, beginning 2008.


Edward J. Piacentino once told CA: "I have been a college professor for a long time and am often inspired to write about some of the texts I teach. I have had a special interest in southern literature for over thirty years, and many of the topics I write about are related to that field."