Edward P. J. Corbett

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Edward P.J. Corbett
Born(1919-10-29)October 29, 1919
DiedJune 24, 1998(1998-06-24) (aged 78)
Alma mater
  • Loyola University, Chicago, PhD;
  • University of Chicago, MA;
  • Marquette University, BA
OccupationEnglish professor
Parent(s)John Thomas Corbett
Adrienne Marie Anne Beaupre

Edward Patrick Joseph, P.J., Corbett was an American rhetorician, educator, and scholarly author. Corbett wrote several books, including Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student, The Writing Teacher's Sourcebook, The Elements of Reasoning, Style and Statement, and The Little English Handbook: Choices and Conventions.

Corbett taught and did research in the English departments of Creighton University and Ohio State University.

As a result of his work, the Edward P. J. Corbett Award is named after him. In 1982 Thomas Willard singled out Corbett as an outstanding "contemporary rhetorician."[1]

Corbett died on June 24, 1998 at his home in Columbus, Ohio.[2]

Further reading[edit]

  • Gerald Nelms. "Edward P.J. Corbett, The Revival of Classical Rhetoric, and the Jesuit Tradition," in Cinthia Gannett and John C. Brereton, eds. Traditions of Eloquence: The Jesuits and Modern Rhetorical Studies, 2016, pp. 200-217.


  1. ^ Locke and Language, New York Times Review of Books, October 7, 1982
  2. ^ Edward P.J. Corbett in memoriam. Rhetoric Review, 1532-7981, Volume 17, Issue 1, 1998, Pages 126 – 131.