Coursen Jr, Herbert (1932 - )

Genre: General Fiction, Mystery, Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction - Scholarly, Poetry

An ex-fighter pilot, a prolific poet, and a Shakespearean scholar, Herb Coursen was born in Newark, NJ. He taught at New Hampshire College and Westfield College before moving to Maine to teach at Bowdoin in 1964. Retired in 1991, Coursen lives in Brunswick.

Dr. Coursen received his B.A. from Amherst College in 1954, a Masters in 1962 from Wesleyan and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 1965. Highlights of his career include teaching various years from 1965 to 1980 in the Upward Bound program; serving as director of the National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminars, 1985-90; and, consulting editor in Shakespeare at Princeton University, Bucknell University and the University of Georgia.

Awards include the Ford Foundation fellowship, 1969-71; Folger Library fellowship, 1970-71; Percy Bysshe Shelley Lifetime Achievement Award, 1991; Poet Chapbook award, 1991; and, the Chester Jones Foundation award, 1992.

Selected Bibliography

  • Contemporary Shakespeare Production, (2010)
  • Even in Dreams, (2008)
  • Recall: New & Collected Poems, 1967-2008, (2008)
  • Storm Warnings: a 21st Century Novel, (2008)
  • To Raise Another World: a Sequel: the Eighth and Another in the Archerland Series, (2008)
  • Country Matters, (2006)
  • Shakespeare Translated: Derivatives On Film and TV, (2005)
  • The Blind Prophet of Archerland, (2004)