Morton N. Cohen

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Morton Norton Cohen (27 February 1921 – 12 June 2017)[1][2] was an American author and scholar, and Professor Emeritus of the City University of New York. He is best known for extensive studies of children's author Lewis Carroll including the 1995 biography Lewis Carroll: A Biography.[3][4][5]


Cohen was born in Calgary, Canada, and grew on the North Shore of Boston. He taught English at West Virginia University, Syracuse University, Rutgers University and the City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In addition to his work on Charles Dodgson, he produced studies of Henry Rider Haggard, Rudyard Kipling and other Victorian subjects, as well as children's literature, travel articles and fiction. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Literature in 1996.[1] The Modern Language Association set up the biennial Morton N. Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of Letters in 1989. The first award was given in 1991.[6] Under the terms of the award, the "winning collection will be one that provides readers with a clear, accurate, and readable text; necessary background information; and succinct and eloquent introductory material and annotations. The edited collection should be in itself a work of literature."[7][8]

Selected works[edit]

All five works are books (October 2018).

  • H. Rider Haggard, His Life and Works – PhD thesis, Columbia University, issued 1958 in microfilm
  • Rider Haggard: His Life and Works (London: Hutchinson, 1960)
  • Rudyard Kipling to Rider Haggard: The Record of a Friendship (Hutchinson, 1965)
  • The Letters of Lewis Carroll, 2 vols., ed. Cohen with the assistance of Roger Lancelyn Green (Oxford University Press, 1979)
  • The Selected Letters of Lewis Carroll, edited by Cohen (London: Macmilan, 1982); (London: Papermac, 1996)
  • Lewis Carroll and the House of Macmillan, ed. Cohen and Anita Gandolfo (Cambridge University Press, 1987)
  • Lewis Carroll: Interviews and Recollections, ed. Cohen (University of Iowa Press, 1989)
  • Lewis Carroll: A Biography (Macmillan, 1995)
  • Reflections in a Looking Glass: A Centennial Celebration of Lewis Carroll, Photographer (New York: Aperture, 1998)
  • Lewis Carroll & His Illustrators: Collaborations and Correspondence, 1865–1898, ed. Cohen and Edward Wakeling (Macmillan, 2003)


  1. ^ a b "Prof Morton N Cohen, FRSL". Debrett's. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Morton Cohen Obituary". The New York Times. June 14, 2017. (Online "powered by".) Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  3. ^ Bartlett, Rebecca Ann (1998). Choice's Outstanding Academic Books 1992–1997: Reviews of Scholarly Titles That Every Library Should Own .Association of College and Research Libraries (American Library Association). p. 128. ISBN 0838979297
  4. ^ Burt, Daniel S. (2001). The Biography Book: A Reader's Guide To Nonfiction, Fictional, and Film Biographies of More Than 500 of the Most Fascinating Individuals of all Time. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 61. ISBN 1573562564
  5. ^ Edinger, Monica (2001). Using Beloved Classics to Deepen Reading Comprehension: Rich Lessons and Literature Response Activities That Improve Kids' Reading Comprehension, Build Writing Skills, and Really Engage Each and Every Reader. Scholastic Inc. p. 138. ISBN 0439278600
  6. ^ "Morton N. Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of Letters". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  7. ^ "Morton N. Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of Letters". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  8. ^ "Prizes and awards made to the Darwin Correspondence Project and its founding editor" Archived 2010-10-07 at the Wayback Machine. (Darwin Correspondence Project). Retrieved 9 September 2010.

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