B. Eugene McCarthy

B, Eugene McCarthy has a degree in English and a Master’s from the University of Detroit. He took his PhD at the University of Kansas in 1965. He taught a full range of undergraduate courses at Holy Cross College until his retirement in 2000. His focus was on Restoration and Eighteenth Century drama, and his first book was William Wycherley: A Biography, followed by William Wycherley, A Reference Guide.


His interest then moved toward poetry of the 18th Century and he began teaching first-year, introductory courses in poetry, teaming with Fran Quinn to develop an approach to poetry that also informed upper-level literature courses.   As a visiting scholar at Clare Hall at Cambridge University, he researched his book Thomas Gray: The Progress of a Poet. Several other publications came out of his study of Gray.    


While publishing in African-American literature on Richard Wright and Toni Morrison, his most recent work was co-edited with Thomas L. Doughton, From Bondage to Belonging: The Worcester Slave Narratives, an edition of eight narratives by ex-slaves who lived in Worcester. He has been an editor of The Worcester Review and participates in the Milton Ensemble which offers dramatic performances of books of Paradise Lost each year. 



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B. Eugene McCarthy

Sound Ideas: Hearing and Speaking Poetry


ForeWord Reviews' 16th Annual Book of the Year Awards Finalist! A guide for teachers and students to poetry as a physical experience: how to find your way to the heart of a poem by taking it off the page. 

Videos and Media

An Interview with B. Eugene McCarthy & Fran Quinn


Authors B. Eugene McCarthy and Fran Quinn Discuss their book, Sound Ideas, and why hearing and speaking really is so important to the study, understanding, and enjoyment of poetry.


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