His academic life

Before Tom was a wino, he was an academic.  Eons ago, after an undergraduate career at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, he completed a PhD in English at Johns Hopkins University. He spent four years as assistant professor of English at Ohio State, then won a postdoctoral fellowship for another year at Hopkins.  From there he moved to Stony Brook University (in those days laboring under the less-mellifluous name of the State University of New York at Stony Brook), where over 30-some years he progressed from associate professor to full professor to chair of the English Department to emeritus professor (retired).

In his scholarly days, Tom wrote four academic books . . .

Pope’s Horatian Poems.  Ohio State University Press, 1967

Epic to Novel.  Ohio State University Press, 1974; paperback edition 1976

Three English Epics:  Studies in Chaucer, Spenser, and Milton. University of Nebraska Press, 1979

Commentary on the First Six Books of Virgil’s Aeneid by Bernardus Silvestris:  A Translation and Introduction.  With E.G. Schreiber. University of Nebraska Press, 1979

 . . . and some three dozen articles that were published in scholarly journals and/or read as papers at conferences.  

Though his writing now is mainly devoted to wine, he is still tinkering with his yet-to-be-published academic magnum opus, a 700-page manuscript on allegory from Homer to Thomas Pynchon.

2 Responses to “His academic life”

  1. David Lieberman Says:

    Ahhhhh, I (a Stony Brook graduate student in the 1970s) remember you SO well. You and Skip Schreiber were two of the finest teachers I ever had. Delighted to stumble on your wine site. Regards to Skip if you two are still in touch. Best, David Lieberman

  2. Aileen Robbins Says:

    Although I love your wine writings, as a fellow Ph.D. (Dramatic Lit.), I am also VERY interested in your y-t-b-p ms. on Allegory! Amazed I never heard about this before…oh well, I guess it doesn’t come up in cocktail chatter. Sounds incredibly interesting to a former academic such as myself. All these new topics–can’t wait to discuss. ~Aileen

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