George A. Kennedy (classicist)

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George Alexander Kennedy (born 1928) is a contemporary scholar of classical rhetoric and literature.[1][2][3]

Kennedy received his Ph.D. in classics from Harvard University in 1954 with a dissertation entitled "PROLEGOMENA AND COMMENTARY TO QUINTILIAN VIII (PR. & 1-3)". Kennedy taught classics, comparative literature, and rhetoric at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for twenty-eight years. He retired as George L. Paddison professor of classics. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1959.[4] He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society. Under President Jimmy Carter and President Ronald Reagan, Kennedy served on the National Council on the Humanities[5] and was also president of the American Philological Association and of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric.[2]

Kennedy has also been the editor of the American Journal of Philology.[2]

Major publications[edit]

  • 1989-2013. The Cambridge history of literary criticism. Cambridge University Press.
  • 1994. A new history of classical rhetoric : with additional discussion of late Latin rhetoric. Princeton University Press.