Dr. David George Awarded Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship

URBANA, Ohio (April 17, 2013) - Since 1986 and alongside various team members, Dr. David George, professor of English at Urbana University, has worked tirelessly on a project for the Modern Language Association of America in New York focusing on Shakespeare’s last tragedy, Coriolanus. Dr. George’s work was described as having “exceptional merit” by the Folger Shakespeare Library in the communication notifying him that he had been awarded a Fellowship for the upcoming academic year.

Dr. George was granted a “3-month Fellowship in the academic year 2013-2014” for his project “A New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus.” This fellowship gives Dr. George access to the Folger Shakespeare Library located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

This will be the sixth grant that Dr. George has received for work on the project while also completing his professorial duties. “This is good news for Urbana University, without whose steady support on this project, I could not have won the grant.”

“The edition, when it comes out, will be part of an MLA series called New Variorums, a 900-page book with just about everything written on the play, which was published in 1623, in whatever language it was written,” explained Dr. George on the project. Everything is collected and translated into English. The book, once it is finished, will include the stage history and performance notes on Coriolanus. The finalized project will be available both online and in print.

Dr. George earned his BA and MA from the University of Manchester and his doctorate from King’s College, University of London. He has been a member of the Urbana University faculty since 1981.

Every year, he invites all to celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday with readings from the “Bard of Avon.” This year’s celebration will be held on Wednesday, April 24, from 3-4 p.m. in the Swedenborg Memorial Library. The theme is “Young Love” with selections read and acted from Romeo and Juliet.


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