Richard Ellmann

Richard  Ellmann

Richard Ellmann earned international acclaim as a scholar, English literature instructor, critic, and biographer over the course of a long and illustrious career. Ellmann was born in Highland Park, Michigan, in 1918. His magesterial life of James Joyce has been largely recognized as the best literary biography of the century. He attended Yale University and Trinity College in Dublin. He was a professor of English literature at Harvard, Yale, Northwestern, Emory, the University of Chicago, Indiana University, and Oxford, where he was Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature and Fellow of New College. His James Joyce (National Book Prize, 1959) was preceded by Yeats: The Man and the Masks and The Identity of Yeats, and was followed by--among other highly appreciated books--two volumes of Joyce letters, Eminent Persons, and James Joyce: The