David H. Greene

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David Herbert Greene
Born(1913-11-04)4 November 1913
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
Died9 July 2008(2008-07-09) (aged 94)
Boynton Beach, Florida
OccupationAuthor, Teacher
GenreIrish Literature, Irish History
Notable worksJ.M. Synge 1871-1909
1000 Years of Irish Prose
Catherine Healy (m. 1939⁠–⁠2008)

David Herbert Greene (November 4, 1913 – July 9, 2008) was an author and professor at Harvard University, Boston University, The College of New Rochelle, the U.S. Naval Academy and New York University, where he was chairman of the English Department. He was the official biographer of the Irish playwright J.M. Synge and worked on the original version of the game show Password as a 'word authority'.[1]

He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Herbert Greene and Annie Roche. He graduated from Harvard University in 1936. He studied in Ireland on a Harvard Fellowship.[1]

He married Catherine Healy in 1939. During World War II, David served as an officer with the United States Navy.[1]

He died in Boynton Beach, Florida of pneumonia.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Dennis Hevesi (July 10, 2008). "David H. Greene, author, Irish literature scholar; at 94". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-11-25. David H. Greene, a leading scholar of Irish literature and one of the authorized biographers of the playwright J. M. Synge, the author of "The Playboy of the Western World," died on Wednesday near his home in Boynton Beach, Fla. He was 94.

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