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Johnston, Brian, 1932-2013



  • Existence: 1932 - 2013

Brian Peter Johnston, professor of English literature, was born April 14, 1932, in Lincolnshire, Great Britain, and attended several elementary and secondary schools in various parts of Great Britain until 1946. Following three years of service in the Royal Air Force (1950-1953), three years of civilian work and one year of study at Fircroft College, Birmingham, he was admitted in 1957 to Christ College, Cambridge University where in 1960, he obtained a Class I degree.

After gaining his degree he taught English for one year in Norway then returned to Cambridge to work on a research grant and resume studies toward a doctorate. His field of research centered on Ibsen in England. In 1962 Johnston again traveled to Norway, took a teaching position at Norges Laererhogskole in Trondheim and pursued further research for his doctoral degree. In 1964 Johnston accepted an appointment as instructor of English at Northwestern University. At Northwestern he taught courses in modern drama in addition to introductory literature courses. Johnston left Northwestern in 1967.

Johnston died in Pittsburgh on March 2, 2013.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Brian Peter Johnston (1932-2013) Papers

Identifier: 11/3/11/10
Abstract The Brian P. Johnston Papers include lecture and reading notes mainly concerning European and American authors and literature.
Dates: 1964 - 1967