George Brown (scholar)

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George Hardin Brown is an American scholar of medieval studies. The focus of his scholarship includes Anglo-Latin and Anglo-Saxon literature, especially the work of the Venerable Bede. Brown has had a long academic career at many renowned institutions and has studied under other notable scholars in his field.


Brown received his B.A. (1955), Ph.L. (1956), and M.A. (1959) degrees from Saint Louis University. He also studied theology in Austria before returning to the United States. Brown earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1971,[1] from a department that included scholars of medieval and oral literature such as Francis Peabody Magoun, Albert Lord, and Walter Ong.

Professional career[edit]

After receiving his Ph.D., Brown took a position at Stanford University, where he still works today, and where he headed the Medieval Studies Program in the Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences. In 1994 he gave the Toller Lecture;[2] in 1996, at the Bede Foundation in Jarrow, he gave the Jarrow Lecture. He is currently editing a new edition of Bede's historical works (Opera historica minora), to be published by Brepols for the Corpus Christianorum Series Latina.[3]

Select bibliography[edit]

Books authored[edit]

Books edited[edit]

  • Greenfield, Stanley B. (1989). George Hardin Brown, ed. Hero and exile: the art of Old English poetry. London; Ronceverte: Hambledon Press. ISBN 0-907628-91-5. 
  • Karkov, Catherine E.; George Hardin Brown (2003). Anglo-Saxon styles. Albany: State University of New York Press. ISBN 0-7914-5869-5. 

In honor of George Hardin Brown[edit]

  • Jolly, Karen Louise; Catherine E. Karkov; Sarah Larratt Keefer (2008). Cross and culture in Anglo-Saxon England: studies in honor of George Hardin Brown. Morgantown: West Virginia UP. ISBN 978-1-933202-23-5. 


  1. ^ "George Brown, Professor Emeritus". Stanford University. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  2. ^ "The Toller Lecture". University of Manchester. Archived from the original on 20 November 2005. Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "CCSL - Series Latina". Brepols. Retrieved 2009-06-19.