I report with deep sadness the death yesterday of Professor Lawrence Besserman, a distinguished Chaucerian and a friend of many of us in NCS. He was 72. Since 1977, he taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Larry Besserman was the author of numerous articles and books on Chaucer and medieval subjects, including The Legend of Job in the Middle Ages (Harvard, 1979), Chaucer and the Bible (Garland, 1988), Chaucer's Biblical Poetics (Univ. of Oklahoma, 1998), and Biblical Paradigms in Medieval English Literature: From Cædmon to Malory (Routledge, 2012). He has edited several collections of essays, including The Challenge of Periodization: Old Paradigms and New Perspectives (Garland, 1996) and Sacred and Secular in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures: New Essays (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006).
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, July 19, at 15:00, at Har HaMenuchot Cemetery, Givat Shaul, Jerusalem, starting with the service at Beit Hahesped of Kehilat Yerushalayim. The shiva will be held at Larry and Judy's apartment, 4/1 Hanahal, The French Hill, Jerusalem, in the hours 10-13:00 and 16:00-21:00.