Rosenheim, Edward W., Jr. 1918–2005

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Rosenheim, Edward W., Jr. 1918–2005

(Edward Weil Rosenheim, Jr.)

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born May 15, 1918, in Chicago, IL; died of heart failure, November 28, 2005, in San Francisco, CA. Educator and author. Rosenheim was a retired English professor at the University of Chicago who was especially known for his knowledge of satire and the writings of Jonathan Swift. Graduating from the University of Chicago in 1939, he served in the U.S. Army as an infantry captain during World War II. He then returned to Chicago to complete an M.A. in 1946 and a Ph.D. in 1953. Rosenheim remained at the University of Chicago for many years. Joining the faculty as an instructor in 1947, he became a full professor in 1962 and was named David B. and Clara E. Stern professor in 1980. He retired to San Francisco in 1988. As a teacher, Rosenheim's delight in satirical literature, especially the works of Swift, was well known. He also indulged in writing humorous pieces himself, including plays composed for the university's comedy troupe. Over the years, he served in various capacities at the university, including as director of broadcasting from 1954 to 1957, head of the National Humanities Institute in 1977, and chair of the faculty board for the Center for Continuing Education from 1979 to 1987. Rosenheim also was the editor of the university's Journal of General Education from 1954 to 1956 and of Modern Philology from 1968 to 1988. He was the editor of the book Swift's Prose and Poetry (1958) and author of What Happens in Literature: A Student's Guide to Poetry, Drama, and Fiction (1960) and Swift and the Satirist's Art (1963).



Chicago Tribune, December 1, 2005, section 3, p. 8.

Independent (London, England), December 8, 2005, p. 39.

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