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English and comparative literature educator

Martin Meisel was American English and comparative literature educator. Fellow Guggenheim Foundation, 1963-1964, 1987-1988, American Council of Learned Societies, 1970-1971, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Edinburgh, 1977, Huntington Library and Art Gallery, 1978, 80, 83, National Humanities Center, 1983-1984, Wilson Center, Smithsonian Institution, 1987-1988.


Meisel, Martin was born on March 22, 1931 in New York City. Son of Joseph and Sally (Rössler) Mörsel.


Bachelor of Arts, Queens College, 1952;Master of Arts, Princeton University, 1957;Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1960;postgraduate, U. Rome, 1959.


Instructor English, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1957-1958;instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1959-1965;Professor of English, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1965-1968;Professor of English and comparative literature, Columbia University, New York City, since 1968;Brander Matthews professor dramatic literature, Columbia University, New York City, since 1987;department chairman, Columbia University, New York City, 1980-1983;acting vice president arts and science, Columbia University, New York City, 1986-1987;vice president arts and science, Columbia University, New York City, 1989-1993. Trustee Columbia University Press, 1990-1994.



Served with United States Army, 1954-1956. Member Modern Language Association, American Society Theatre Research, North American Victorian Studies Association, Association of Historians of 19 Century Art, Century Association, International Shaw Society.


Married Martha Sarah Winkley, December 22, 1957 (deceased March 2008). Children: Maude Frances, Andrew Avram, Joseph Stoddard.

Joseph Mörsel

Sally (Rössler) Mörsel

Martha Sarah Winkley

Maude Frances Meisel

Andrew Avram Meisel

Joseph Stoddard Meisel