July 11, 2016 |
Robert Regan, 86, of Philadelphia, a retired University of Pennsylvania English professor whose affinity for literature about the struggles of American life was rooted in his own challenging childhood, died of heart failure Tuesday, July 5, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Regan, an expert in the works of such consequential authors as Mark Twain and Flannery O'Connor, found solace in his school studies as a boy growing up in poverty in Shreveport, La. The son of a single parent, he helped his mother operate a country store sandwiched between poor black and white neighborhoods.
June 25, 2016
By Paula Marantz Cohen As a professor of literature, I have noted a trend that helps explain the decline of the humanities as an object of reverence in this country: Students are less prone to read for pleasure than they used to be. Blame the packed nature of their course schedules and the many activities that compete for their attention. Universities still teach literature, but these courses tend to serve an instrumental purpose. Students read in these courses to acquire certain skills or apply certain critical techniques.
May 4, 2016
Daniel Aaron Scholar and historian, 103 Daniel Aaron, 103, a literary scholar and historian who helped develop the multidisciplinary academic field of American studies and who helped launch the publishing project of literary classics known as the Library of America, died Saturday at a hospital in Cambridge, Mass. Dr. Aaron, the son of Jewish immigrants from Russia, became one of the foremost scholars of American culture and helped shape a new field of academic study and codify the nation's literary legacy.
August 13, 2015 |
Douglas MacDonald Cameron, 71, a professor of modern languages at Ursinus College whose love of Hispanic literature and culture impressed students and colleagues, died Saturday, Aug. 8, of cancer at Phoenixville Hospital. Dr. Cameron made observation, discourse, and the written word his life's focus. He imbued students with his own passion for literature, then made intellectual connections with architecture, film, music, and the visual arts. "Family, friends, students, and colleagues worldwide mourn the loss of this brilliant mind, one that questioned, challenged, and required others to think more deeply - not to accept the obvious - and to find the connections between art, cultures, and words," his family said in a tribute.
June 25, 2015 |
The skills Michael Toner learned in war and honed over decades on the stage carry him now. The focus and concentration. The ability to stay calm and present. The dedication to the moment. Sometimes, when the pain overwhelms him, he can only fight through the moment. "Oh, the pain is back," he will say with an apologetic smile. "I'll have to get the nice duty nurse. " And then there are the moments of uncertainty and vulnerability that come at night. But other times, when the pain eases, he relaxes and feels almost set apart from himself.
June 20, 2015 |
Eddy W. Dow, 85, of Philadelphia, who retired in 1993 as a professor of American literature at Rutgers-Camden after a 29-year career there, died of liver disease Tuesday, June 9, at home. Mr. Dow was named for the founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist, Mary Baker Eddy. "It was in respect of our paternal grandmother. She was a practitioner," Mr. Dow's sister, Miriam Gene Philleo, said from Palm Springs, Calif. Born in Gaylord, Mich., he earned a bachelor's degree at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, a master's in English at the University of Iowa in 1954, and, after studying at Oxford University in England, a doctorate in American civilization at the University of Pennsylvania in 1965.
November 4, 2014 |
Tom Hanks, man of letters Seems James Franco and Snooki aren't the only celebs who know how to write stories and poems and books and such. Tom Hanks , 58, the only human on the planet it is impossible to dislike (even we can't help but adore the perennial movie good guy), has signed with Alfred A. Knopf to publish a collection of his short stories. Hanks, who recently published a yarn in the New Yorker, says each story is inspired by a piece from his extensive collection of typewriters.
August 1, 2014 |
John Dean is awfully tired of Americans' penchant for applying the suffix -gate - from Monicagate to Obamagate - to attack politicians they dislike. Dean, White House counsel to President Richard M. Nixon, plead guilty in 1974 to obstruction of justice in the mother of all political scandals, the real -gate , Watergate. The scandal? A cadre of Nixon operatives were arrested on June 17, 1972, after breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, most likely to steal the Dems' election strategy and bug the office.
June 3, 2013
By Caren Lissner As the "new adult" genre moves beyond books, what does it mean about our own willingness to grow up? At the end of last month, the editors of Publishers Lunch, the publishing industry's daily digest of book deals, announced that they would add a new subgenre of literature to their ever-growing database of deals. "Welcome, new adult books," they wrote. "With six 'new adult' deal reports in the last month alone, we have created a new Deals subcategory for this growing genre.
January 29, 2013
* DO NO HARM. 10 p.m. Thursday, NBC10. THERE'S A CERTAIN poetry in the fact that Phylicia Rashad has spent much of the past several months working in Philadelphia on a show for NBC. This, after all, is Bill Cosby's hometown, and Rashad, who's acted as the comedian's wife on two different networks, is probably always going to be most famous for playing Clair Huxtable to Cosby's Cliff for eight seasons on NBC's "The Cosby Show. " Cosby didn't bring Rashad to Philly for the drama "Do No Harm" - where, starting Thursday she'll be seen as the boss of a neurosurgeon (Steven Pasquale, "Rescue Me")