Jack De Bellis

Jack De BellisAbout the Presenter

Jack De Bellis, Ph.D., professor emeritus of English at Lehigh University specializes in contemporary and modern American literature, particularly Southern literature, poetry and John Updike.

Dr. De Bellis taught at University of California, Los Angeles, and the State University of California at Northridge before joining the Lehigh faculty in 1964 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1969 and to professor in 1980. Dr. De Bellis was a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Toulouse, France, 1967-68 and an invited Lecturer at the University of Denmark at Middlefart, 1968.

He retired as Professor Emeritus in 2002. Dr. De Bellis served as Program Director for the First John Updike Society Conference at Alvernia University, October 1-3, 2010. He also serves as the first Alvernia University John Updike Professor in Residence.

Dr. De Bellis received his B.A. in English from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, in 1957, majoring in English and writing fiction under the direction of Andrew Lytle and James Dickey. He earned his M. A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Los Angeles. His thesis, “Sidney Lanier and the Morality of Feeling,” was chaired by Professor Leon Howard.  

Dr. De Bellis is a director of the John Updike Society and an advisory editor of the John Updike Review. He is a member of the Allentown chapter of the Torch Club and the Alliance Française.

He has been married to Patricia (Innerbichler) De Bellis since 1964 and they live in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

This event is part of the 2011 Greater Reading Literary Festival at Alvernia

Start Date: 10/10/2011 11:00 am
End Date: 10/10/2011 1:00 pm
Location: Dr. Frank A. Franco Library
Price: Free
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