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DICKSTEIN--Morris, age 81, died on March 24, from complications of Parkinson's Disease. Distinguished Professor emeritus of English and Theatre at the Graduate Center, CUNY, he also taught at Yale, Queens College, the University of Paris, and Columbia. He was a widely published literary and cultural critic, a public intellectual whose books included Gates of Eden (1977), Dancing in the Dark (2009), and a memoir, Why Not Say What Happened (2013). A child of immigrants from Eastern Europe, he attended Rabbi Jacob Joseph yeshiva on the Lower East Side. A General Motors scholarship enabled him to attend Columbia College. He did graduate work in English literature at Yale University and wrote his PhD thesis on the poet Keats under Harold Bloom. He spent 1963-4 as a Kellett Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge. He is survived by his wife, Lore Willner Dickstein, his daughter, Rachel (Blake Eskin), and son, Jeremy. Four grandchildren: Evan, Adam, Simon and Anya, and sister Doris Fineberg. He was an ideal, loving husband, parent and grandparent. A brilliant and elegant writer. A lover of puns. A mensch. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Contributions in his name to Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, NY, would be appreciated.

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Published in New York Times on Mar. 26, 2021.
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March 29, 2021
Dear Lore, Anne and I just saw this notice that Morris has died. We send you and the kids, and micro kids, our deepest sympathy -- so many memories rush back on one at these sad times. We have been far away for a long time, but not so far that we can smile and be happy to have been blessed to have been together and to feel that still.

Love, Jerry and Anne
Jerry and Anne McGann
March 28, 2021
I think that it was in my junior year at Columbia ('68-'69) that I took a course on Blake taught by Professor Dickstein. I remember him, and portions of the course, well. I looked forward to every meeting. In particular, I remember having written a paper on "The Mental Traveler", and Professor Dickstein suggested that I look into getting it published!! Never did, but a big boost to my academic self-confidence, which has served me well. I was saddened to learn of his death. There was a time when 81 seemed very old to me; but not now. My condolences to his family.
Harold T. Hodes
March 28, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of God,family and friends. Please except my condolences.
Simone Taylor
March 26, 2021
Morris was a wonderful teacher and a wonderful friend---not only well-informed but full of enthusiasm for his subjects (in class and meetings), but for his students, of whom I am blessed to have been one. He was a man of infinite curiosity and intellectual rigor, but also of loving-kindness. Recently in touch with him, I miss him already and extend my most sincere condolences to his beloved wife Lore and his children. A life well-lived.
Michael Aeschliman
March 26, 2021
I am very saddened by the news and offer my condolences to Morris' family.
Morris was two years ahead of my class on Spectator but I was fortunate to have a fair amount of interaction with him. What I remember most vividly is his great curiosity about many diverse subjects, and an intellect to match: a rare combination. That's evident in his books.
Dov Grunschlag
March 26, 2021
Dear Lorie, Rachel, Jeremy,

Morris was a rare human being -- great mind, great soul -- and the world was richer for his presence. I treasure the memory of our Spectator association. May your own memories bring you comfort.''

Marty Margulies

Dear Lorie, Rachel and Jeremy,

Morris was a rare human being -- great mind, great soul -- and the world was richer for his presence. I treasure the memory of our Spectator association. May your own memories bring you comfort.

Marty Margulies

Martin Margulies
March 25, 2021
A wonderful teacher.
Steve Freidus
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