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Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature, Yale University

Berlin Prize Fellow - Class of Fall 2001

Richard Maxwell (1948-2010) was a poet, novelist, essayist, and a senior lecturer in comparative literature at Yale University. His scholarly career, spanning 30 years of teaching and writing, focused on the history of the novel and on the intersections between literature and art. His publications included The Mysteries of Paris and London (Virginia, 1992), The Historical Novel in Europe, 1650-1950 (Cambridge, 2009) and a range of scholarly collections and editions, including The Victorian Illustrated Book (Virginia ); the Penguin edition of Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities; and (with Katie Trumpener); The Cambridge Companion to Fiction in the Romantic Period, and Modern Philology’s centennial World Literature issue. Maxwell also served as editor of Powys Notes and The Powys Society Journal. He published over 40 reviews on film, art, and poetry; helped organize the British Art Center’s 2008 panorama conference and the 1919 European Studies Film Festival (held in 2010). He also served two year-long terms as the Valparaiso Research Professor.

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