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William Nelson

educator

William Nelson, American educator. Member Academy Literature Studies, English Association, Renaissance Society American (executive director 1960-1969, president 1976).

Background

Nelson, William was born on January 18, 1908 in New York City. Son of Bendet and Margaret (Ginsburg) Nelson.

Education

Bachelor of Science, College City New York, 1927. Master of Arts, Columbia, 1928, Doctor of Philosophy., 1939.

Career

Teacher public schools, New York City, 1928-1940. Field representative, editor Amerika magazine, Office of War Information, Department State, 1940-1946. Assistant Professor of English, Columbia, 1949-1953, associate professor, 1953-1956, professor, from 1956, William Peterfield Trent professor, 1973-1976, professor emeritus, 1976-1978.

Guggenheim fellow, 1956.

Works

  • Author: John Skelton, Laureate, 1939. Out of the Crocodile’s Mouth, 1949. Barclay’s Life of St. George, 1955.

    A Fifteenth Century School Book, 1956. The Poetry of Edmund Spenser, 1963. Fact or Fiction, 1973.

Membership

Member Academy Literature Studies, English Association, Renaissance Society American (executive director 1960-1969, president 1976).

Connections

Married Elsa Elizabeth Robinson, June 13, 1930. Children: Susan Elizabeth, William.

father:
Bendet Nelson

mother:
Margaret (Ginsburg) Nelson

spouse:
Elsa Elizabeth Robinson

children:
Susan Elizabeth Nelson

William Nelson