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Daniel Robinson Selected for First Homer C. Nearing Jr. Distinguished Professorship in English

Dr. Daniel Robinson

Dr. Daniel Robinson, professor of English at Widener University, has been selected by Widener President James T. Harris III as the university’s first recipient of the Homer C. Nearing Jr. Distinguished Professorship in English. Robinson will hold this endowed appointment for two years, and during this time, he will receive funding to support his scholarship.

Robinson has taught in the Widener University English Department since 1997. He received tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 2003 and then professor in 2010. His research and writing on Romantic-period poets has earned him international recognition. His published edition of the collected poems of Mary Robinson is the first and only scholarly edition of her poetry. His monograph "The Poetry of Mary Robinson: Form and Fame" is also the first and only scholarly work on Mary Robinson's entire poetic output. Professor Robinson further contributes to the re-discovery of Romantic-period women writers as a member of the team working on a scholarly edition of the collected works of Anna Laetitia Barbauld for Oxford University Press.

Robinson has also focused on the Romantic poet William Wordsworth. This year, he published the monograph "Myself and Some Other Being: Wordsworth and the Life Writing," in which he tells of the innovative style of life-writing that evolved out of Wordsworth's journey to complete his autobiographical epic poem, "The Prelude." He currently serves as co-editor for "The Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth," which will appear in 2015.

Robinson has other book projects in the works, including "Wordsworth and Coleridge: Major Works," which highlights the friendship and collaboration of these literary figures. He involved several Widener students in the editing process for this book.

Robinson's scholarly accomplishments combined with his ability to engage students in his research contributed to his selection for the Homer C. Nearing Jr. Distinguished Professorship, which is named after a former professor of English at Widener and a well-known authority on historical English poetry.

"I'm thrilled with this recognition, but the best part is that the funding I receive will also help three English majors, Jillian Benedict, Josh Meo and Kimberlee Roberts, travel this summer to Wordsworth country--the Lake District in England--where they will attend the Wordsworth Summer Conference and work with me on manuscript materials," said Robinson. "I was in graduate school before I traveled to England, so I am happy to share my professorship with my undergraduate students to offer them this opportunity."

Robinson resides in Wallingford, Pa., and is the singer-songwriter-bassist for the rock group Milton and the Devils Party. He earned his bachelor's in English from James Madison University and his master's in English and doctorate in English literature from the University of South Carolina.

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