Traugott Lawler

Traugott Lawler (born 8 March 1937) is a medievalist scholar, expert on William Langland, and an emeritus professor of English at Yale University, where he served as master of Ezra Stiles College.

Lawler was educated at the College of the Holy Cross, graduating with a B.A. in 1958, and at the University of Wisconsin (M.A. 1962). He obtained his doctorate at Harvard University.

His interests include Chaucer, Langland, Dante, medieval Latin, Old English, the history of the English language, paleography and golf.

In 1983 he was a Guggenheim Fellow. From 1986 to 1995 and from 2002 to 2003 he served as Master of Ezra Stiles College. He retired from teaching in 2005, and is preparing, with other scholars, a commentary on the known versions of "Piers Plowman".

Under Lawler's watch, Ezra Stiles College at Yale University has had remarkable intramural success. During his first tenure as Master, Stiles won the Tyng Cup in six out of eight years. During his second term of service as Master, Ezra Stiles again won the Tyng Cup. and continued to win in two subsequent years under the guidance of Stuart Schwartz.

Traugott is the younger brother of Environmental Engineer John P. Lawler, founder of Lawler, Matusky, and Skelly Engineers (LMS).


*Lawler, Traugott. Translation, Annotation and Introduction. "John of Garland's Parisiana poetria de arte prosaica, metrica, et rithmica". Cambridge, Mass.: Thesis (Ph.D.), Harvard University, 1966.
*Lawler, Traugott. "The One and the Many in the Canterbury Tales". Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, 1980.
*Lawler, Traugott. Edited, with Translation, Annotation and Introduction. "The Parisiana Poetria of John of Garland". Yale Studies in English, 182. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1974.
*Lawler, Traugott. Editor, "Boece", The Riverside Chaucer. Houghton Mifflin Company. 1987.
*Traugott Lawler, The Pardon Formula in Piers Plowman: Its Ubiquity, Its Binary Shape, Its Silent Middle Term, "The Yearbook of Langland Studies" ( YLS ), volume 14, (2000, ISBN 1-58044-027-4)
*Traugott Lawler, "The Secular Clergy in Piers Plowman", with Míċeál F. Vaughan, "Response", "The Yearbook of Langland Studies" ( YLS ), volume 16, (2003, ISBN 1-58044-077-0)

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