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English educator

Michael Davidson West, American English educator. Member Modern Language Association (teaching award 1972), Northeast Modern Language Association (Ohio University Press Book award 1999, Thirtieth Anniversary award 2000), Renaissance Society of America, American Antiquarian Society (Peterson fellow 1985), Phi Beta Kappa (Christian Gauss award 2001).

Background

West, Michael Davidson was born on April 13, 1937 in Morristown, New Jersey, United States. Son of David Haller and Isabel Emily (Smith) West.

Education

AB, Harvard University, 1959. AM, Harvard University, 1961. Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1965.

Career

Teaching fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1961-1964; instructor, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1964-1965; assistant professor, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1965-1972; instructor, Middlesex Community College, Middletown, 1967-1968; associate Professor of English, U. Pittsburgh, 1972-1976; Professor of English, U. Pittsburgh, since 1976.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Transcendental Wordplay: America's Romantic Punsters and the Search for the Language of Nature, 2000. Contributor articles to professional journals.

Membership

Member Modern Language Association (teaching award 1972), Northeast Modern Language Association (Ohio University Press Book award 1999, Thirtieth Anniversary award 2000), Renaissance Society of America, American Antiquarian Society (Peterson fellow 1985), Phi Beta Kappa (Christian Gauss award 2001).

Connections

Married Deborah Hall Green, June 17, 1961. 1 child, Alexandra.

father:
David Haller West

mother:
Isabel Emily (Smith) West

spouse:
Deborah Hall Green

child:
Alexandra West