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English language educator

Frank Manley, American language educator, writer. Guggenheim Foundation fellow, 1966-1967, 78-79; recipient National Endowment of the Humanities translation program fellowship, 1981-1983, National Endowment Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in Fiction, 1995-1997, Distinguished Teaching award, 1984, Teacher-scholar of Year award, 1989, Distinguished Alumnus award The Marist School, 1993, Miller Playmaker award Theater Emory, 2007.


Manley, Frank was born on November 13, 1930 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Aloysius F. and Kathryn L. (Needham) Manley.


Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1930, Manley was educated at the Marist School in Atlanta and went on to study English Literature at Emory University, where he graduated B.A. in 1952 and M.A. He obtained his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1959.


In 1953. He taught English at Yale University from 1959 to 1964 before returning to Emory as an associate professor in 1964. He remained there until his retirement in 2000, from 1982 as Charles Howard Candler Professor of Renaissance Literature. He founded a creative writing programme and co-founded the Playwriting Center.

From around 1970 Manley published as a creative artist, with poems, plays, short stories and novels to his name. He was twice awarded a Georgia Author of the Year Award, for the novel The Cockfighter (1998) and for the short story collection Among Prisoners (2000). His main academic publications were an edition of John Donne's Anniversaries (1963) and an edition of Thomas More's Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation (1976).

Frank Manley Elementary School in Drayton Plains, Michigan was named in his honor.



With United States Army, 1952-1955. Member Modern Language Association, American Association of University Professors.


Married Carolyn Mary Holliday, March 14, 1952. Children: Evelyn, Mary.

Aloysius F. Manley

Kathryn L. (Needham) Manley

Carolyn Mary Holliday

Mary Manley

Evelyn Manley