Brian Wilkie (Mary Lynn Johnson)

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This notice from Mary Lynn Johnson came to our attention this morning.

I am sad to relay news of the death yesterday [December 14] of Professor Brian Wilkie of the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), formerly of the University of Illinois, Dartmouth College, and the University of Wisconsin. Brian will be remembered by many as a thoughtful critic and as a brilliant and beloved teacher. I was lucky to be on the same faculty with him at Illinois in the 1960s, when we were both wrestling for the first time with Blake as we taught concurrent courses in the Romantics. He loved teaching and had no plans for retirement. He co-edited Literature of the Western World, 2 vols., the fifth edition of which was published in 2001 and was the author of Blake's Thel and Oothoon (English Literary Studies, 1990), Romantic Poets and Epic Tradition (Wisconsin, 1965) and co-author of Blake's 'Four Zoas': The Design of a Dream (Harvard, 1978), and numerous articles and reviews. He leaves his wife Ann and three adult sons and grandchildren.

Mary Lynn Johnson

[Formal notice on the University of Arkansas Website.]

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