Stanley Weintraub

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Stanley Weintraub
Stanley Weintraub and his wife Rodelle Weintraub among their books
Stanley Weintraub and his wife Rodelle Weintraub among their books
Born(1929-04-17)April 17, 1929
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedJuly 28, 2019(2019-07-28) (aged 90)
Jennersville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma materWest Chester State Teachers College

Stanley Weintraub (April 17, 1929 – July 28, 2019) was an American historian and biographer and an expert on George Bernard Shaw.

Early life[edit]

Weintraub was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 17, 1929. He was the eldest child of Benjamin and Ray Segal Weintraub. He attended South Philadelphia High School, and then he attended West Chester State Teachers College (now West Chester University of Pennsylvania) where he received his B.S. in education in 1949. He continued his education at Temple University where he received his master's degree in English "in absentia," as he was called to duty in the Korean War.

He received a commission in the Army as a second lieutenant, and served with the Eighth Army in Korea, receiving a Bronze Star.[1]

After the war, he enrolled at Pennsylvania State University in September 1953; his doctoral dissertation "Bernard Shaw, Novelist" was accepted on May 6, 1956.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He married Rodelle Horwitz in 1954; they had three children, and lived in Newark, Delaware.[3] He died on July 28, 2019 at the age of 90.[4]


Except for visiting appointments, he remained at Penn State for all of his career, finally attaining the rank of Evan Pugh Professor of Arts and Humanities, with emeritus status on retirement in 2000. From 1970 to 1990 he was also Director of Penn State's Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies.[5]


External video
video icon Booknotes interview with Weintraub on Disraeli, February 6, 1994, C-SPAN
video icon Presentation by Weintraub on Uncrowned King, August 28, 1997, C-SPAN
video icon Washington Journal interview with Weintraub on MacArthur’s War, May 23, 2000, C-SPAN
video icon Presentation by Stanley and Rodelle Weintraub on Dear Young Friend, December 19, 2000, C-SPAN
video icon Discussion with Weintraub on Silent Night, November 30, 2001, C-SPAN
video icon Presentation by Weintraub on Iron Tears, June 22, 2005, C-SPAN
video icon After Words interview with Weintraub on 15 Stars, August 18, 2007, C-SPAN
video icon Presentation by Weintraub on General Sherman's Christmas, December 2, 2009, C-SPAN
video icon Presentation by Weintraub on Pearl Harbor Christmas, January 24, 2012, C-SPAN
video icon Presentation by Weintraub on Final Victory, July 11, 2012, C-SPAN
video icon Presentation by Weintraub on Young Mr. Roosevelt, November 3, 2013, C-SPAN

He was a prolific award-winning author:[6]

  • Private Shaw and Public Shaw: A Dual Portrait of Arabia and G. B. S.. London: Braziller, 1963. OCLC 394619
  • The Yellow Book, Quintessence of the Nineties. Ed. with an introd. by Stanley Weintraub. Garden City, NY: Doubleday 1964. OCLC 351035
  • The Art of William Golding (with Bernard S. Oldsey). New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1965.
  • The Savoy: Nineties Experiment. University Park, Pennsylvania State University Press, 1966. OCLC 369413
  • Reggie: a Portrait of Reginald Turner. New York: G. Braziller, 1965. OCLC 1165471
  • The Last Great Cause ; the Intellectuals and the Spanish Civil War. New York: Weybright and Talley, 1968. OCLC 437500
  • Journey to Heartbreak ; the Crucible Years of Bernard Shaw, 1914–1918. New York: Weybright and Talley, 1971. OCLC 154871
  • Beardsley: A Biography. London: Braziller, 1967. OCLC 517295 Received National Book Award nomination in 1967 [7]
  • Journey to Heartbreak: The Crucible Years of Bernard Shaw. New York: Weybright and Talley, 1971. Received the George Freedley Award from the American Theatre Library Association in 1971.[7]
  • Directions in Literary Criticism; Contemporary Approaches to Literature. Ed. by Stanley Weintraub & Philip Young. University Park Penn. State Univ. Press, 1973. ISBN 0-271-01116-5 OCLC 609168
  • Saint Joan: Fifty Years After, 1923/24-1973/74. Baton Rouge, Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1973. ISBN 0-8071-0208-3 OCLC 737250
  • Whistler: a Biography. New York: Weybright and Talley, 1974. ISBN 0-679-40099-0 OCLC 821038
  • Lawrence of Arabia: the Literary Impulse. With Rodelle Weintraub. Baton Rouge : Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1975. ISBN 0-8071-0152-4 OCLC 1991924
  • Aubrey Beardsley: Imp of the Perverse. University Park: Pennsylvania State Univ. Press, 1976. ISBN 0-271-01215-3 OCLC 2118568
  • War in the Wards: Korea's Unknown Battle in a Prisoner-of-war Hospital Camp. 2d ed. San Rafael, CA: Presidio Press, 1976. OCLC 1349913
  • Four Rossettis: a Victorian Biography. New York: Weybright and Talley, 1977. ISBN 0-679-40136-9 OCLC 2318460
  • The London Yankees: Portraits of American Writers and Artists in London, 1894–1914. New York: Harcourt, 1979. ISBN 0-15-152978-7 OCLC 4835286 Received the Freedoms Foundation Award in 1980 [7]
  • Modern British Dramatists, 1900–1945. Detroit, Mich.: Gale Research Co., 1982. ISBN 0-8103-0937-8 OCLC 7947395
  • The Unexpected Shaw: Biographical Approaches to George Bernard Shaw and His Work. New York: Ungar, 1982. ISBN 0-8044-2974-X OCLC 8729615
  • British Dramatists since World War II. Detroit, Mich.: Gale Research Co., 1982. ISBN 0-8103-0936-X OCLC 8195676
  • The Portable Bernard Shaw. New York : Penguin Books, 1986, 1977.
  • A Stillness Heard Round the World: the End of the Great War, November 1918. London : Allen & Unwin, 1986, 1985. American ed. published by E. P. Dutton. ISBN 0-525-24346-1 OCLC 11970040
  • Victoria: An Intimate Biography. New York: Dutton, 1987. ISBN 0-525-24469-7 OCLC 13666542
  • Bernard Shaw on the London Art Scene, 1885–1950. Pennsylvania State Univ. Press, 1989. ISBN 0-271-00665-X OCLC 18950120
  • Long Day's Journey Into War: December 7, 1941. New York, Dutton, 1991. ISBN 0-525-93344-1 OCLC 23179418
  • Bernard Shaw: a Guide to Research. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1992.
  • Disraeli: A Biography. New York: Dutton, 1993. ISBN 0-525-93668-8 OCLC 27684040
  • Arms and the Man and John Bull's Other Island by George Bernard Shaw, with an Introduction by Stanley and Rodelle Weintraub. New York: Bantam Books, 1993.
  • The Last Great Victory : the End of World War II, July–August 1945. New York : Truman Talley Books, 1995. ISBN 0-525-93687-4 OCLC 31610439
  • Shaw's People: Victoria to Churchill. University Park : Pennsylvania State Univ. Press, 1996. ISBN 0-271-01500-4 OCLC 32312138
  • Uncrowned King: The Life of Prince Albert. New York: Free Press, 1997. ISBN 0-684-83486-3 OCLC 36008453
  • MacArthur's War: Korea and the Undoing of an American Hero. New York: Free Press, 2000. ISBN 0-684-83419-7 OCLC 41548333
  • Dear Young Friend the Letters of American Presidents to Children. Ed. with Rodelle Weintraub. Mechanicburg: Stackpole Press, 2000.
  • Edward the Caresser: the Playboy Prince who Became Edward VII. New York: Free Press, 2001. ISBN 0-684-85318-3 OCLC 45375122
  • Silent Night: The Remarkable Christmas Truce of 1914. New York: Free Press, 2001. ISBN 0-684-87281-1 OCLC 46918071
  • Charlotte and Lionel: a Rothschild Love Story. New York: Free Press, 2003. ISBN 0-7432-2686-0 OCLC 50511533
  • General Washington's Christmas Farewell: a Mount Vernon Homecoming, 1783. New York: Free Press, 2003. ISBN 0-7432-4654-3 OCLC 51978064
  • Iron Tears: America's Battle for Freedom, Britain's Quagmire, 1775–1783. New York: Free Press, 2005. (also, subtitled Rebellion in America, 1775–1783. London: Simon and Schuster, 2005) ISBN 0-7432-2687-9 OCLC 56592341
  • Eleven Days in December. Christmas at the Bulge, 1944. NY: Free Press, 2006. ISBN 0-7432-8710-X OCLC 69645839
  • 15 Stars: Eisenhower, MacArthur, Marshall: Three Generals Who Saved the American Century. New York: Free Press, 2007. ISBN 0-7432-7527-6 OCLC 124074718
  • General Sherman's Christmas. Savannah, 1864. New York: Harper/Smithsonian, 2009. ISBN 0-06-170298-6 OCLC 263605547
  • Farewell, Victoria! English Literature 1880–1900. Greensboro, NC: ELT PRESS / Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2011. ISBN 0-944318-25-8 OCLC 760167199
  • Who's Afraid of Bernard Shaw? Some Personalities in Shaw's Plays. Gainesville, FL: Univ. Press of Florida, 2011. ISBN 0-8130-3726-3 OCLC 707260815
  • Victorian Yankees at Queen Victoria's Court: American Encounters with Victoria and Albert. Newark: Univ. of Delaware Press, 2011. ISBN 1-61149-060-X OCLC 698327984
  • Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941. New York: DaCapo Press (Perseus Books Group), 2011. ISBN 0-306-82061-7 OCLC 758974640
  • Final Victory: FDR's Extraordinary World War II Presidential Campaign. New York: Da Capo Press (Perseus Books Group), 2012. ISBN 0-306-82113-3 OCLC 744287559
  • Young Mr. Roosevelt: FDR's Introduction to War, Politics, and Life. New York: Da Capo Press (Perseus Books Group), 2013. ISBN 0-306-82118-4 OCLC 841198197


In 2011, he was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by West Chester University of Pennsylvania.[8] On 11 November 1982, the university inaugurated the "Rodelle and Stanley Weintraub Center for the Study of the Arts and Humanities," containing a collection of their books, papers and memorabilia.[7]


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