Theodore Weiss, professor, poet and literary critic, dies

April 18, 2003 5:14 p.m.

Theodore Weiss, an award-winning poet, editor, literary critic and emeritus professor at Princeton University, died Tuesday, April 15, at age 86 after a battle with Parkinson's disease.

A celebration of his life and work will be held at a later date.

In addition to serving as a devoted and beloved teacher at Princeton, Weiss was editor and publisher of the Quarterly Review of Literature (QRL) for nearly 60 years with his wife Renee Weiss. The QRL, founded in 1943, was nationally acclaimed as one of the most influential and cutting-edge literary publications, regarded as an independent voice for poetry, fiction and criticism. Eventually, the magazine solely devoted its contents to poetry, later publishing volumes of poems once a year.

Weiss came to Princeton University in 1966 as a poet-in-residence. He was appointed professor of English and creative writing at Princeton in 1968 and in 1977 was named the William and Anne S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature. He retired from the University in 1987.

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