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In Memoriam Harry Berger Jr
by Susanne Wofford

A personal tribute from Susanne Wofford

Harry Berger, one of the most important Spenserians of the second half of the twentieth century, and on into this century, died at age 96 on March 12, 2021, at his home in Santa Cruz, CA. Born and raised in NYC, Harry Berger received his BA and his PhD in English Literature from Yale University, where he taught for 12 years before leaving Yale in 1965 to become one of the founding faculty members at UC Santa Cruz, the new experimental College being created by the University of California.  Berger remained at UC Santa Cruz for the rest of his career, deeply influencing generations of students and being himself liberated (if he needed that) by its wide-ranging, non-departmental, intellectual, interdisciplinary traditions which he also helped to create. Read more…


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Susanne Wofford, "In Memoriam Harry Berger Jr," Spenser Review (Spring-Summer 2021). Accessed April 17th, 2024.
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