A. Walton Litz (1929-2014) by jjqblog
June 10, 2014, 10:44 AM
Filed under: People


I was saddened to learn that A. Walton Litz, the great critic, editor, and teacher, passed away near his home in Princeton New Jersey last week.  Walt joined the board of the JJQ in 1973 and contributed regularly to our columns throughout the 1970s and 80s.  He was an internationally renowned expert on modernism and was the author or editor of over twenty volumes on major figures including Joyce, Eliot, and Pound.  His edition of Dubliners (co-edited with Robert Scholes) is still the most widely cited in our pages.

More than just a insightful critic, Walt was also a talented mentor and generous collaborator. Indeed, JJQ’s former editor, Robert Spoo, studied with him at Princeton as did Michael Groden, Vicki Mahaffey, Holly Laird, and many others.  It’s fair to say that through his writing and his teaching alike, he played an essential role in shaping contemporary Joyce studies.  He will be missed.

As is our custom, we will open the comments section on this post for those who might want to share their thoughts or memories.  Our commemorative black box marking his passing will appear in issue 50.2.


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