John W. Halperin ’63 died on March 1, 2018, in La Jolla, California.
(The following is a family-provided obituary):
John W. Halperin, a professor of English, a biographer, editor, and authority on the Victorian and modern British novel, died at his home in La Jolla, California, on March 1, 2018. He was seventy-six years old. The cause of death was heart failure.
Dr. Halperin was educated at Bowdoin College, the University of New Hampshire, and Johns Hopkins University, where he received a Ph.D. in English under the supervision of J. Hillis Miller. He taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, at the University of Southern California, and at Vanderbilt University, where he was the Centennial Professor of English.
Dr. Halperin was the author or editor of two dozen books, including The Language of Meditation (1973), Egoism and Self-Discovery in the Victorian Novel (1974), The Theory of the Novel (1974), Trollope and Politics (1977), Jane Austen’s Lovers (1988), Novelists in their Youth (1990), and Eminent Georgians (1995), as well as biographies of Jane Austen, George Gissing, and C. P. Snow and editions of the novels of Trollope, Gissing, George Meredith, and Henry James. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was twice a Guggenheim Fellow.
Dr. Halperin was the son of S. William Halperin, a professor of history at the University of Chicago, and Elaine P. Halperin, a translator and editor. He is survived by his brother David M. Halperin, a professor of English at the University of Michigan, and by his family members Charles Prentice Cole, Eric Prentice Cole, Charles Michael Cole, and Amanda Elaine Cole.