Eric Nye

NyeProfessor Emeritus for the Department of English

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After completing his doctoral work on Coleridge at Chicago and Cambridge, Eric Nye arrived in Wyoming to teach the Romantics, Victorians, and history of criticism.  His research on Coleridge’s disciples centered on the neglected literary figure and early Cambridge Apostle, John Sterling (1806-1844).  Sleuthing after Sterling’s letters and papers, Eric made other manuscript discoveries that keep him busy in his frequent travels.  His 2015 book on John Kemble’s Gibraltar journal represents one of these discoveries.  An avid private collector of rare books, he also binds and restores them.  He enjoys singing bass in choirs in Cambridge, London, and Laramie.


Ph.D., University of Chicago

M.A., University of Chicago

B.A., St. Olaf College

Professional Affiliations

Fellow Commoner, Clare Hall, Cambridge University, 2024-

Fellow, Society of Antiquaries, London, 2019-

Hon. Treasurer for North America, The Bibliographical Society, 2002-

Phi Beta Kappa Senator for the Western District of the US, 2015-27

Director, International Essay Contest, Jane Austen Society of North America, 2011-15

The Grolier Club (New York), 2007-

Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, 1994-

Selected Publications/Awards

John Kemble’s Gibraltar Journal: The Spanish Expedition of the Cambridge Apostles, 1830-1831 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Phi Beta Kappa, Chapter Excellence Award, 2015.

Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge University, 2012-2013

John P. Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award, 2010

College of Arts & Sciences Excellence in Teaching (2006), Advising (1999)




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