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Morris Brownell

2001 Nevada Writer's Hall of Fame Inductee


Morris Brownell was born in Boston, MA and was educated at Princeton and the University of California at Berkeley before becoming a professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno. Brownell was a researcher and biographer of 18th century figures and life. His academic career also includes teaching at Tufts, Cornell and St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University. He was named University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professor of English in 1989 and Outstanding Researcher in 1990. His book The Prime Minister of Taste: A Portrait of Horace Walpole was nominated for a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize.