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Adler, Thomas P.



  • Existence: January 3, 1943-

Biographical Information

Thomas P. Adler, Professor Emeritus of English, was born in Cleveland, Ohio on January 3, 1943. He went to St. Joseph's High school, a Catholic school for boys. Adler received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Boston College, and earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois.

He became a part of Purdue's Department of English in 1970 as an Assistant Professor. Adler taught undergraduate and graduate courses in world drama and American drama. He published articles on playwrights like Edward Albee, Tennessee Williams, and John Arden. Adler specialized in modern British and American dramatic literature and authored or co-authored four books, various book chapters, journal articles, and reviews. His third book, "Mirror on the Stage," was published by Purdue University Press. He was a professor of English, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Dean of Purdue's School of Humanities, Social Science, and Education. Adler also served as assistant head of the department between 1979-82. In 1983, he was promoted to Professor. In 1984, he was named Assistant Dean of the Graduate School and became Associate Dean in 1986.


MSO 1, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program collection, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Tom Adler collection of Purdue bookmarks

 Unprocessed — Box: Communal Accessions 29
Identifier: 20180509.2
Dates: circa 1989 - 2014

Tom Adler papers

 Unprocessed — Box: 1
Identifier: 20190522.1
Dates: circa 1960 - 1980