John Leonard

John Leonard has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Ottawa, and Western Ontario. He is currently Professor of English at the University of Western Ontario.

Throughout his 29 years at Western, Leonard’s contributions to scholarship have primarily focused on Renaissance English literature, especially the poetry and prose of John Milton. In 2014, the English and Writing Studies professor became only the seventh Canadian named Honored Scholar of the Milton Society of America since this international lifetime achievement award was established almost seven decades ago.

Leonard’s professional career as a Miltonist began in 1984 when he was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at Trinity College in Cambridge. He established himself in the field with his first book, Naming in Paradise, which won a James Holly Hanford Award.

A winner of Western’s Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching, Leonard was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada thanks to his outstanding international reputation for his intellectual authority, his exacting scholarship and encyclopedic knowledge of 17th-century English literature.

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John Leonard presents: John Milton's Poetry

November 6, 2016 at 3:00pm

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