William Alfred (August 16, 1922 – May 20, 1999) was a playwright and Professor of English literature at Harvard University. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and served in the Army tank corps and quartermaster's corps in World War II. He received a B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1948, and received an M.A. in English from Harvard in 1949. He earned his Ph.D. at Harvard in 1954. He began teaching at Harvard that same year and was appointed full professor in 1963, and in 1980 named Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of the Humanities. He retired in 1991.
- The William Alfred Collection at Brooklyn College Special Collections
- Guide to William Alfred papers concerning adaptations of Agamemnon and The Scarlet Letter at Houghton Library, Harvard University
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