Joel Myerson
Joel Myerson
September 9, 1945 - November 19, 2021
Edisto Beach, South Carolina - On Friday, November 19, 2021, Joel Myerson had a massive coronary in one of his favorite places: the porch overlooking ponds at the Edisto Beach, SC, a vacation home he shared with his long-time partner and wife, Greta Little.
Joel was a Carolina Distinguished Professor Emeritus who joined the USC English department in 1971 and continued to work tirelessly until his death. An elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship (among numerous other scholarly honors and awards), Joel was a premiere scholar and editor of nineteenth century American literature, especially Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott and Margaret Fuller. He authored and edited some 60 books, among them many previously unpublished works by Alcott and Emerson. Joel also chaired the English department from 1987 to 1990.
Joel will long be remembered as a grand raconteur, an excellent mentor, and an academically generous scholar, teacher, and administrator.
Donations in memory of Joel Myerson may be made to the Little Myerson Collection of Multicultural Children's Books ( or the Joel Myerson Collection of Nineteenth-Century American Literature (

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Your mentorship was ever a boon to my career. Your loss is a profound for generations of scholars. You were ever a generous, funny, and kind soul with never flagging generosity. Grateful to you and so sorry to have lost you.
Jessie Bray
December 9, 2021
Farewell to a wonderful scholar of American Lit and a great gentleman. He will be missed.
Carole Shaffer-Koros
December 6, 2021
Joel was a lovely and generous mentor and friend. I owe him a great debt for his friendship and interest in me and my career. His influence on many of my generation has been and will always be profound. He will be greatly missed.
Bob Burkholder
December 5, 2021
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