Edward W. Tayler

Edward W. Tayler

Fellow: Awarded 1968
Field of Study: English Literature

Competition: US & Canada

Columbia University

Edward W. Tayler, the Lionel Trilling Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at Columbia University, was educated at Amherst College (B.A., 1954) and Stanford University (Ph.D., 1960). Professor Tayler has taught at Stanford, Princeton, the Bread Loaf School of English, and Columbia (since 1960). He has led on rare occasions an active if not interesting professional life, giving talks in a variety of venues, here and abroad, finding himself a member of scholarly societies, ending up on editorial boards, and the like. Besides his Guggenheim Fellowship, his honors include two NEH-Huntington Grants (1975, 1983); “Great Teacher,” Society of Older Graduates (1985); Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching and Leadership (1986); “Honored Scholar,” Milton Society (1989); Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching (1996); and Distinguished Service to the Core Curriculum (1998). He has taught the poetry and prose of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with special attention to Shakespeare and Milton, for a long time. In addition to writing a few reviews and fewer articles Tayler has published these books: Nature and Art in Renaissance Literature (1964); Literary Criticism of Seventeenth-Century England (1967); Milton’s Poetry (1979); and Donne’s Idea of a Woman (1991). He still thinks to write, and especially to teach and learn.

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