Appleton, William W.

Appleton, William W. (Worthen)

(1915–  ) literary historian, educator; born in New York City. He earned a Ph.D. at Columbia University and spent his academic career teaching there (1945–75). His scholarly works focused on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English literature and theater and included A Cycle of Cathay (1951), Beaumont and Fletcher (1956), and books on Charles Macklin and Madame Vestris (1960, 1974).
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