Maurice Charney, PhD

Maurice Charney

Title: Professor, Writer
Company: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Location: New York, New York, United States

Maurice M. Charney, PhD, Professor and Writer at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in literature and higher education.

With nearly 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Charney formerly served as a longstanding distinguished professor of English at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey from 1956 to 2001. Considered one of the highlights of his career, he was one of the youngest professors to be promoted to such an esteemed title in his early 30s. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Charney served as an instructor at Hunter College in 1953 and 1954.

In addition to his professional endeavors, Dr. Charney acted on the board of directors of the Shakespeare Globe Center from 1986 to 1995, and he was president of the Academy of Literary Studies from 1985 to 1987. Likewise, from 1987 to 1988, he was president of the Shakespeare Association of America. Throughout his career, he has also maintained affiliation with several industry-related organizations, including the Modern Language Association of America, the Malone Society, and the Renaissance Society of America. He has also been associated with the Friends of Vic and Sade, the Marlowe Society, the International Society for Humor Studies, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Dr. Charney delved into his profession due to an interest in Shakespeare from an early age, having been fascinated by the bard’s work since the age of 13. He first sought a formal education, earning a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1949. He followed this accomplishment by studying at Princeton University, obtaining a Master of Arts in 1951 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1952. Subsequent to receiving his degrees, Dr. Charney served his country in the U.S. Army from 1954 until his honorable discharge in 1956.

Dr. Charney has also experienced a prolific career as an author, penning such works as “All of Shakespeare” in 1993, “Harvester-Wheatsheaf Introduction to Titus Andronicus” in 1990, “Hamlet’s Fictions” in 1988, and “Joe Orton” in 1984. He additionally authored several other novels regarding Shakespeare and ancient comedy, including “Sexual Fiction” in 1981, “Comedy High and Low: An Introduction to the Experience of Comedy” in 1978, and “How to Read Shakespeare” in 1971. He published his first novel in 1961, entitled “Shakespeare’s Roman Plays.”

In recognition of his exceptional achievements in the realm of literature, Dr. Charney was awarded the Medal of the City of Tours, France, in 1989. In addition, he was selected for inclusion into the second and third editions of Who’s Who in Entertainment. He was married to the late Hanna Kurz since 1954, with who he had two sons.

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