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84, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 11th. Sale was a prolific and popular literary critic, authoring 13 books, including Literary Inheritance, Modern Heroism, Fairy Tales and After, On Writing, and Seattle: Past to Present as well as scores of book reviews for the New York Times Review of Books. Sale is best known for his brilliant, charismatic and demanding teaching style, which inspired generations of devoted students. A graduate of Swarthmore College (BA) and Cornell University (PhD), he began his career at the age of 26 at Amherst College where he taught for five years before moving west to Seattle, Washington in 1962. Sale taught myriad subjects in the English Department at the University of Washington for almost 50 years. His expertise spanned from Chaucer and Spencer, to 18th--20th century literature, to the emergence of children's literature, to a history and guidebook to his beloved Seattle. He loved reading aloud to his wife and children, leading informal book groups, and teaching at University Beyond Bars at Monroe Correctional Complex. He often brought people together to discuss literature, and relished leading groups to informally act out "The Importance of Being Earnest". Early mornings, Roger could be found digging in his garden, enjoying the smell of rain, or watching dawning sunlight make its way across the trees. Sale is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Dorothy Young Sale, children Tim and Maggie, and granddaughter, Emma. A Celebration of Life will be held on July 22 in Seattle: http://

Published in The New York Times on June 4, 2017
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