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April 29, 2014
From the Ibsen Society of America:

Otto was a devoted ISA member since our inception in 1978. He served diligently, from 1983 to 1998, as the author of our "Annual Survey of Articles" in "Ibsen News and Comment," the Society's journal. During fifteen years, he reviewed 197 essays in his straightforward, incisive, and witty style. The reviews are available on our website ibsensociety.liu.edu.
Otto distinguished himself as an Ibsen scholar through a fine series of articles: "Sight Imagery in 'The Wild Duck,'" published in "JEGP" and later in the Norton Critical Edition of the play; the indispensable "Notes to 'Peer Gynt,'" in "Scandinavian Studies," "Peer and Peer: The Gyntian Self," in "Scandinavica," "The Drama in 'Rosmersholm,' " in "Edda," and the groundbreaking essay on "The Pretenders,"
" 'God's Stepchild': Doubt and Doctrine in 'Kongsemnerne," in "Scandinavian Studies," which one reviewer called "the deepest study of the play on record."
Otto also made a name for himself as the editor of widely used drama anthologies published by Little Brown. Those of us who taught survey courses in the 1970s and 80s well remember the fat yellow paperback "Drama: An Introductory Anthology," which contained thirteen plays from Sophocles to Albee and which went through ten editions. This book was followed by "Modern Drama: Nine Plays," which included Otto's translation of "The Wild Duck", and "Classic Through Modern Drama." Otto also published a valuable anthology "Strindberg: A Collection of Critical Essays."
The Ibsen Society mourns our valued colleague and friend Otto and greatly honors his memory.

Joan Templeton, Editor, "Ibsen News and Comment," for the Ibsen Society
March 20, 2014
I was so sad to learn about Otto's death from the UW alumni magazine. Such an elegant soul. And such an elegant speaker. As a non-native speaker myself, I hope to attain something like his mastery of the language. He was an amazing, inspiring professor.
January 15, 2014
I miss our visits, chats, and helping you with your computer. You have a kind and gentle soul. We'll meet again.
January 3, 2014
Thank you for preventing me from dropping out of UW in hippie times, for welcoming me into the Honors Program and for honoring me with an award I still think I didn't deserve. And most of all for maintaining a regular correspondence for over forty years and for sharing with me your brief but beautifully written autobiography, Making Memories.
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