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402. Criticism: Arts and Letters[X]
1Name:  Dr. David M. Bevington
 Institution:  University of Chicago
 Year Elected:  1986
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Subdivision:  402. Criticism: Arts and Letters
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Deceased
 Birth Date:  1931
 Death Date:  August 2, 2019
A Shakespeare scholar and medievalist, David M. Bevington became professor of English at the University of Chicago in 1967. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1959, where he also worked as an instructor before going on to teach at the University of Virginia and the University of Chicago. He authored a number of books on Shakespeare and medieval drama, including From Mankind to Marlowe, Tudor Drama and Politics, and Action is Eloquence: Shakespeare's Language of Gesture. He was the editor of Medieval Drama and The Complete Works of Shakespeare, one of the three standard one-volume study editions. Later in life, he updated the 29-volume paperback edition of the Shakespeare canon that he first published in 1988 as well as co-editing The Cambridge Edition of The Works of Ben Jonson. In addition to courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, and medieval drama, he co-taught a course on the history and theory of drama from the 5th century B.C. to the present day and in 2018 was still teaching courses on education. David Bevington died on August 2, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 88.
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