In Memoriam: John Howard Wilson

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Professor John Howard Wilson (1961-2014).

On Thursday 11th December, John Howard Wilson passed away in Erie, Pennsylvania, from pheochromocytoma. He was a dear friend to many on the Complete Works project, and a fine Waugh scholar. As Dr Patrick Query writes, 'his death leaves a tremendous void in our lives, our work, and our world.'

 Professor Wilson served on the Advisory Board of the Complete Works project, mentoring two of our editors and editing Waugh's autobiography A Little Learning. These were the latest activities in a career of groundbreaking and tireless Waugh scholarship. Wilson founded the Evelyn Waugh Society, and under his editorship the society's journal, Evelyn Waugh Studies, gained in academic rigor and renown. It was my pleasure during the past year to work with John to make the entire back-catalogue of the journal available online. John was committed to widening the spread of Waugh studies as far as possible, and was delighted to make the collection available to all, free of charge. In 1996 and 2001, John published a two-volume literary biography of Waugh and, in 2011, co-edited a new collection of Waugh essays with Ann Pasternak Slater and Donat Gallagher.

J. H. Wilson with the Waugh Society
John Howard Wilson (second from left), with members of the Evelyn Waugh Society.
The Complete Works project continues the legacy of many late, great researchers. John Howard Wilson is now amongst them, and it is our sorrow that he has joined their company too soon.   

 A longer appreciation of Professor Wilson, by Dr Gayatri Devi, can be found here.  










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