In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Alexander Welsh

April 18, 2018

The English Department mourns the passing of Alexander (Sandy) Welsh on April 11, 2018.  Sandy was a beloved colleague in our department for many years.  After his first academic appointment at Yale University, Sandy taught at the University of Pittsburgh and then joined the faculty at UCLA in 1980, returning to Yale in 1991, where he became Emily Sanford Professor Emeritus of English.  

Sandy brought his signature erudition and elegance of mind to a wide range of fields, as a sample of his book titles shows: The City of Dickens (1971), Reflections on the Hero as Quixote (1981), From Copyright to Copperfield: The Identity of Dickens (1987), Strong Representations: Narrative and Circumstantial Evidence in England(1991),  Freud’s Wishful Dream Book (1994), Hamlet in His Modern Guises (2001), What is Honor? A Question of Moral Imperatives (2008), and The Humanist Comedy (2014).  Commenting on the latter work, Leo Damrosch beautifully captured Sandy’s essence: “Deeply learned without making a parade of its learning, The Humanist Comedy is urbane and graceful in exposition; and like everything by Welsh, it is lucid and often eloquent, with a wry wit throughout.”

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