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Edward Tayler

English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Edward Tayler is the Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities Emeritus at Columbia University. Earning his BA from Amherst (1954) and Ph.D. from Stanford (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, serving on editorial boards, and the like. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship (1969), two NEH-Huntington Grants (1975, 1983), a Great Teacher Award from the Society of Older Graduates (1985), a Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching and Leadership (1986), a Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching (1996), and an award for Distinguished Service to the Core Curriculum (1998).  In 1989 the Milton Society named him an "Honored Scholar".  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 likes to write, and especially to teach and learn.