Brian McCrea received his BA from Kalamazoo College in 1971 and his PhD from the University of Virginia in 1975. His most recent book is Impotent Fathers: Patriarchy and Demographic Crisis in the 18th-Century Novel (Delaware, 1998). He also is author of Henry Fielding and the Politics of Mid-Eighteenth-Century England (Georgia, 1981), which won the 1979 SAMLA Modern Language and Literature Studies Award, and of Addison and Steele Are Dead: The English Department, Its Canon, and the Professionalization of Literary Criticism(Delaware, 1990).
Professor McCrea has held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Society for 18th-Century Studies. He is presently at work on a book dealing with the legal backgrounds for 18th-century novels, particularly the rights of orphan heiresses. McCrea has been at UF since 1976.
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