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French language and literature educator

Norris Joiner Lacy, French language and literature educator. Decorated knight Order of Academy Palms (France); grantee American Philosophical Society, 1969, American Council Learned Socs., 1973, 85, National Endowment for Humanities, 1975, 89-91. Member Modern Language Association, Medieval Academy American, International Arthurian Society (honorary international president), Société Rencesvals, American Association Teachers French. M C.

Background

Lacy, Norris Joiner was born on March 8, 1940 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, United States. Son of Edwin V. and Lillian Louise (Joiner) Lacy.

Education

AB, Murray State University, 1962. Master of Arts, Indiana University, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana University, 1967.

Career

He is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor Emeritus of French and Medieval Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. He is a leading expert on the Arthurian legend and has written and edited numerous books, papers, and articles on the topic. In 2014 the International Arthurian Society, North American Branch, presented him an award for Lifetime Service to Arthurian Studies.

He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University and has held teaching positions at the University of Kansas, the University of California, Los Angeles, and Washington University in St. Louis. He has served as president of the International Arthurian Society. With Geoffrey Ashe he wrote The Arthurian Handbook, and he edited The Arthurian Encyclopedia and its successor, The New Arthurian Encyclopedia, a standard reference book for Arthurian works.

He also oversaw the first complete English translation of the French Vulgate and Post-Vulgate Cycles, released as the five-volume Lancelot-Grail: The Old French Arthurian Vulgate and Post-Vulgate in Translation.

Works

Membership

Member Modern Language Association, Medieval Academy American, International Arthurian Society (honorary international president), Société Rencesvals, American Association Teachers French.

Connections

Married Susan Houston, January 6, 1984.

father:
Edwin V. Lacy

mother:
Lillian Louise Joiner

spouse:
Susan Houston