New Haven, CT 06520
Mack Maynard received his bachelor’s degree from Yale in 1932 and his doctorate, also from Yale, in 1936.
Mack was president of Yale’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter.
(A well-respected scholar of Alexander Pope and William Sh...)
A well-respected scholar of Alexander Pope and William Shakespeare, many of Mack's literary works, such as his Essential Articles for the Study of Alexander Pope and Rescuing Shakespeare, focused on those two literary giants.
(A selection of Western literature containing only works w...)
A selection of Western literature containing only works written originally in the ancient and modern foreign languages.
(Everybody’s Shakespeare brings the insights and wisdom of...)
Everybody’s Shakespeare brings the insights and wisdom of one of the finest Shakespearean scholars of our century to the task of surveying why the Bard continues to flourish in modern times. Mack treats individually seven plays - Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Cesar, and Antony and Cleopatra - and demonstrates in each case how the play has retained its vitality, complexity, and appeal.
Mack received his bachelor’s degree from Yale in 1932 and his doctorate, also from Yale, in 1936. He was president of Yale’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, editor of the Yale Literary Magazine and Harkness Hoot, and was Class Poet. As a student, he won numerous awards: the Winston Trowbridge Townsend Prize, the C. Wyllys Betts Prize, the Masefield Poetry Prize, the Andrew D. White Prize, and several others.
Maynard Mack joined the Yale faculty as an instructor in English in 1936 and moved steadily through the ranks, becoming a full professor in 1948. He was named Sterling Professor in 1965. During the 1960s, he served as chair of the English department and director of the Humanities division of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Mack taught at Yale for 45 years before his retirement in 1978 and was a world-renowned expert in Shakespeare, Alexander Pope and twentieth-century literary criticism. In January of 1996, an anonymous donor honored Mack by endowing an English department professorship in his name.
As an editor, Mack made major contributions to the field. One of his chief accomplishments is The Twickenham Edition of the poems of Alexander Pope, which has become the standard edition of the poet. In addition, Mack had edited collections of contemporary critical essays on major authors and works: Twentieth Century Views, 143 volumes; Twentieth Century Interpretations, 97 volumes; and New Century Views, 17 volumes.
Throughout his career, Mack was active in professional organizations including the Yale Shakespeare Institute, the Modern Language Association, serving as president in 1970; the Commission of Faculty Affairs of the American Council on Education, the Shakespeare Association of America, serving as president in 1975-76; and the Modern Humanities Research Association. He was director of the National Humanities Institute from 1974 to 1977 and was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy.
(A well-respected scholar of Alexander Pope and William Sh...)1964
(Everybody’s Shakespeare brings the insights and wisdom of...)1993
(A selection of Western literature containing only works w...)1992
Modern Humanities Research Association , United Kingdom
American Academy of Arts and Sciences , Massachusetts
Modern Language Association , New York
American Council on Education , Washington
Shakespeare Association of America , Mississippi
National Humanities Institute , Washington
British Academy , London
Phi Beta Kappa , Washington
Yale Shakespeare Institute , New Haven
Quotes from others about the person
“He was a brilliant and prolific scholar whose work on Pope and Shakespeare was widely admired,” said Ruth Bernard Yeazell, the Chace Family Professor and chair of the English department at Yale. “He was an immensely influential teacher whose work helped make Yale’s English department the pre-eminent English department of his time.”
“He was not only a brilliant lecturer, whose lectures on Shakespeare were unforgettable,” said Eugene M. Waith, a friend and colleague who is the Douglas Tracy Smith Professor Emeritus of English Literature at Yale, “but also a man who had strong principles of education and whose advice was often listened to by the administration of the University.”
Mack is survived by his wife, Florence Brocklebank Mack; their three children, Prudence Young of Toronto, Sara Mack of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Maynard Mack Jr. of Takoma Park, Maryland; and eight grandchildren.