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Russell P. Sebold (1928-2014)

On April 7th, 2014, Professor Russell P. Sebold passed away in West Chester, Pennsylvania. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Professor Sebold received his B.A. from Indiana University and his Ph.D. in Spanish literature from Princeton University under the supervision of Américo Castro. In his long and prolific career, he taught at Duke University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Maryland, and University of Pennsylvania. During his ten years in our department (1956-1966), he began to publish on eighteenth-century Spanish literature with a monumental edition in four volumes of José Francisco de Isla’s Fray Gerundio de Campazas. This field, along with Spanish literature of the Romantic period, remained his province for the rest of his career. Among many distinctions are his twenty-nine years as editor of the Hispanic Review, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Elio Antonio de Nebrija award (University of Salamanca), and his appointment as corresponding member of the Spanish Royal Academy. But above all, he bears the honor of leaving this world the way he lived: correcting the proofs of his final book, Garcilaso de la Vega en su entorno poético (2014), recently released.

Isaac García-Guerrero