Paul Magnuson, professor of English at New York University for 32 years and a scholar of English Romantic literature, died on September 7 at home in Maplewood, New Jersey at the age of 67. He had suffered a stroke two years ago but had returned to teaching at NYU.
A distinguished scholar of Romanticism, Magnuson published his first book, Coleridge’s Nightmare Poetry in 1974, the same year he came to teach at NYU. He was also the author of Coleridge and Wordsworth: A Lyrical Dialogue and Reading Public Romanticism.
After earning a B.A. from Brown University in 1961, Magnuson served in the U.S. Navy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1969.
Magnuson is survived by his wife, Bonnie, and two daughters, Katherine and Elise. The family welcomes contributions in Magnuson’s memory to the New York Public Library. A memorial service at NYU is planned for December.