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1 COMPARATIVE ? rama Volume 33Summer 1999Number 2 In Memoriam Charles R. Lyons 1933-1999 Charles R. Lyons, one of the original advisory editors for Comparative Drama and long its faithful friend, died from cancer on May 1 1 ofthis year. At the time of his death, Professor Lyons was completing a total of eighteen years as Chairman of the Drama Department at Stanford University, where he held an endowed chair and had enjoyed an illustrious career for many years. He excelled as scholar, administrator, and caring friend to countless students who since have taken leading roles in film and television, on major professional stages, and in top theater departments around the country. Lyons's broad range of interests in drama matched the ecumenical breadth of Comparative Drama to a remarkable degree. Among the many books he wrote were those concerned with Shakespeare, Ibsen, Brecht, and Beckett. Over the years he generously shared his notions on those and other playwrights in thought-provoking articles carried in the pages of this quarterly. Although his studies always reflected the current thinking about theater, Lyons did not succumb to fads in scholarship but remained steady in defining his own approach to the complicated, ever-shifting realm of dramatic art. Charles Lyons's original voice will be sorely missed by those of us devoted to the study of drama in all its incarnations. 177 1 78Comparative Drama At the same time, Charles's legion of friends also will miss his delightful wit and keen intelligence. CJ. Gianakaris Western Michigan University ...


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