George W. Williams

George W. Williams

Fellow: Awarded 1977

Field of Study: English Literature

Competition: US & Canada

George Walton Williams, born in Charleston, South Carolina, attended Yale University and, for his doctoral training, the University of Virginia. He studied under Professor Fredson Bowers, specializing in editorial procedures and textual criticism. Since receiving his degree, he has been on the faculty of the English Department at Duke University, serving as Chair from 1982 to 1985. His professional interests concern the dramatic works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, of which he has edited some sixteen plays, including twelve in the Cambridge edition of The Dramatic Works of Beaumont and Fletcher (1965-1995). He serves as Associate General Editor of the Arden Third Series of the plays of Shakespeare, supervising the individual editions prepared by scholars in the United Kingdom and the United States. His Guggenheim Fellowship supported his work in the preparation of the New Variorum edition of Henry V. He is also the editor of a volume of The Complete Poetry of Richard Crashaw and John Wesley’s First Hymnbook, published in 1737, and the author of numerous critical and bibliographical studies.