David Adams Leeming
David Adams Leeming (born February 26, 1937) is an American philologist who is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut. Leeming is considered a leading authority on the comparative literature of mythology, a subject on which he has written widely and edited numerous encyclopedias and dictionaries.
Leeming received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1958. In 1959 he did a summer course graduate study at the University of Caen. From New York University he received his M.A. in 1964, and his Ph.D. in 1970.
Leeming was Head of the English Department at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey from 1958 to 1963. From 1964 to 1967 he was the secretary-assistant of author James Baldwin. Since 1969 Leeming was Assistant Professor of English at the University of Connecticut. He eventually became Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut, where he in later years has served as Professor Emeritus.
Leeming is considered a leading authority on the comparative literature of mythology. He has written widely and edited numerous encyclopedias and dictionaries on the subject. He has also written biographies on Beauford Delaney, James Baldwin, and Stephen Spender.
Leeming married Pamela Elaine Fraser on July 2, 1967, with whom he has the daughters Mary Adams and Juliet Ann.
- Flights: Readings in Magic, Mysticism, Fantasy, and Myth, 1974.
- Mythology, 1973.
- The World of Myth, 1990.
- James Baldwin: A Biography, 1994.
- A Dictionary of Asian Mythology, 2001.
- Myth: A Biography of Belief, 2002.
- From Olympus to Camelot: The World of European Mythology, 2003.