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George Morrow Kahrl

(1904-1988)

   One of the recognized 20th century scholars of British literature was George Morrow Kahrl. He was born in West Virginia in 1904, the son of Frederick and Margaret (Allin) Kahrl. In 1907 the family moved to Mount Vernon, Ohio, where George attended public school.
   After attending Wooster College for two years, he transferred to Connecticut Wesley University, graduating in 1926. This was followed by several years of graduate study in several universities, including Princeton and Harvard. In 1929 he married Faith Jessup. Also, during this period, Kahrl traveled widely and taught for short periods in Europe, and for two years at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio. He received a PhD degree from Harvard in 1936.

   After another trip abroad to the Middle East and Russia, the Kahrls settled in Elmira, New York, where Dr. Kahrl taught English at Elmira College from 1937 until his retirement in 1968. The family moved to Maine in 1970 but came back to Gambier to live in 1981. Dr. Kahrl died about 1988.

 

   George Kahrl spent most of his life in the study and teaching of literature and in writing in-depth analyses of authors. He also wrote and published many papers and articles for periodicals.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Tobias Smollet, Travelor-Novelist. 1945

Collected Letters of David Garrick. (3 vols.) 1963 (with David M. Little)

David Garrick, A Critical Biography. 1979. (with George W. Stone)

The Garrick Collection of Old English Plays: A Catalog. 1982

The Correspondence of James Boswell. 1986. (with others)

Memoirs of George Morrow Kahrl. 1989. (Edited by Rosemary O. Joyce)

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