Robert Lumiansky

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Robert M. Lumiansky (1913-1987) was a scholar of Medieval English and president of the American Council of Learned Societies.

Born in Darlington, SC, Robert Lumiansky received a bachelor's degree from The Citadel, a master's degree from the University of South Carolina, and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina. He was professor and chairman of the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania from 1965 to 1973 and professor of English at New York University from 1975 to 1983. Died April 2, 1987.


  • A Study of the English Ablaut Verbs, 1935
  • Of Sondry Folk: The Dramatic Principle in the Canterbury Tales, 1955
  • Critical Approaches to Six Major English Works: Beowulf Through Paradise Lost, 1968
  • The Chester Mystery Cycle, 1974
  • Malory's Originality: A Critical Study of Le Morte Darthur, 1977
  • Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, 1979
  • Le Morte Darthur, 1982