Person NameFowler; Alastair (1930-); writer and literary critic
Epithetwriter and literary critic
ActivityAlastair Fowler (pen name David Shaw) was born in 1930 in Glasgow. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh from where he graduated MA in 1952. He then moved to Oxford and was awarded an MA in 1955, DPhil in 1957, and a DLitt in 1972. He began his academic career as a junior research fellow at Queen's College, Oxford from 1955-1959, he then held posts in the English Departments at Swansea (1959) and Brasenose College, Oxford, (1962-1971). After Oxford Fowler was appointed Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at Edinburgh University. He also held a number of visiting professorships and fellowships, most notably in America, and in 1990 became Professor of English at the University of Virginia, while still maintaining ties with Edinburgh. Fowler was a respected editor and author, specialising in literary criticism and in English verse. He edited, among others, Milton's 'Paradise Lost' (1998), 'The New Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse' (1991), and 'A History of English Literature' (1987) and contributed to numerous journals.
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