Public lecture 4
Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ
26 November 2018
Why Achilles Was Right about Honour
Professor Mendelson spoke on Why Achilles Was Right about Honor.
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Professor Edward Mendelson
Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities in the Department of English and Comparative Studies at Columbia University
Edward Mendelson is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. He is the literary executor of the Estate of W. H. Auden and the author or editor of several books about Auden's work, including Early Auden (1981) and Later Auden (1999), as well as of Auden’s Collected Poems (1976; 2nd edn 1990; 3rd edn 2007), Selected Poems (1979, 2nd edn 2007), As I Walked Out One Evening (1995). His edition of the Complete Works of W. H. Auden is in progress (1986– ).
Among many other books, he has published The Things That Matter: What Seven Classic Novels Have to Say About the Stages of Life (2006) and Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers (2015). With Michael Seidel he co-edited Homer to Brecht; The European Epic and Dramatic Traditions (1977). He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and was the first Isabel Dalhousie Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.