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English language educator

Walter Kaiser, American literature educator. Fulbright fellow University Paris, 1954-1955; Tower fellow Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris, 1955-1956; fellow to Rome American Council Learned Societies, 1964-1965; Walter Channing Cabot fellow Faculty Arts. and Sciences, 1977-1978.


Kaiser, Walter was born on May 31, 1931 in Bellevue, Ohio, United States.


AB magna cum laude, Harvard College, 1954. Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1960.


Allston Burr senior tutor Eliot House, Harvard University, 1957-1958;from instructor to associate Professor of English, comparative literature, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1960-1962;Professor of English, comparative literature, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, since 1969;department chairman, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1969-1975, 82-85. Member committees degrees in history and literature Harvard University, since 1960, Faculty county, 1971-1974, library committee, 1971-1974. Deputy director Villa I Tatti, Florence, 1971-1986, director since 1988.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Praisers of Folly: Erasmus, Rabelais, Shakespeare, 1964, Essays of Montaigne, 1964. Co-author Program in Literature and the Arts for the Core Curriculum, 1977. Translation: (with introduction) Three Secret Poems, (George Seferis), 1969, Alexis (Marguerite Yourcenar), 1984, Two Lives and a Dream (Marguerite Yourcenar), That Mighty Sculptor, Time (Marguerite Yourcenar), 1992.

      Member edition board Studies in English Literature, 1977-1988. Editor-in-chief I Tatti Studies: Essays in the Renaissance, 1988-2002. Editor (with M. Mallon) On Artists and Art Historians: Selected Book Reviews of John Pope Hennessy, 1994.

      Author numerous poems. Contributor articles to professional jours.


Chairman ad hoc visiting committee to Addison Gallery American Art, 1978. Trustee Michael Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship, 1965-1968, 69-70, Rockefeller Family Fund, 1973-1979, Museum Fine Arts, Boston, 1978-1988, Bogliasco Foundation, 2001-2007. Vice president Somerset House Art History Foundation.

Board directors Philip H. Rosenbach Foundation, 1974-1978. Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Boston Athenaeum, American Comparative Literature Association, Renaissance Society of America, Signet Society (associate), Modern Greek Studies Association, Shakespeare Association American, Council Foreign Relations, Knickerbocker Club, Somerset Club, Harvard Club, Old Salopian, Boston Library. Society, Century Association, Phi Beta Kappa.