CHARLES E. ROBINSON
Charles Edward Robinson, 75, who according to oft-disputed family legend was born on a kitchen table in West Virginia, died peacefully at his home in Arden on Sunday, November 20. His loving wife Nanette was by his side.
In addition to Nanette, “Charlie” is survived by his sister Francie, who disputed the kitchen table story but indulged him daily, his children Clare and John Robinson (Jodi), and his grandchildren and biggest fans Ava and Locke Robinson.
Charlie was the son of Charles and Amy Robinson. He graduated from Fairmont Catholic School (formerly St. Peter’s ), Mount Saint Mary’s University, and earned his Ph.D. from Temple University. He joined the English Department at the University of Delaware, where he remained for his entire professional career.
His enthusiasm and love of Romanticism captivated his family and his students. He authored and edited multiple texts of literary criticism and concern, including Byron and Shelley: The Snake and Eagle Wreathed in Fight and Lord Byron and His Contemporaries: Essays from the Sixth International Byron Seminar. He also published the two-volume diplomatic edition of The Frankenstein Notebooks, a detailed study of the original writings, to determine the role played by Mary Shelley’s husband Percy in the creation of Frankenstein.
He served as Director of Graduate Studies in English at the University of Delaware, Executive Director of The Byron Society of America and co-chair of The Byron Society Collection at the University of Delaware. He was on the board of directors of The Byron Society of America, the International Byron Society, and the University of Delaware Press.
In addition to his literary endeavors, he loved playing cribbage with his children, but was caught cheating on several occasions. He inspired his grandchildren’s love of reading by gifting books on every holiday and reading to them over the phone and during visits. They loved him dearly.
Charlie encouraged the creative pursuits of both of his children and grandchildren. He was a good man to know, with a big hearty laugh, and an appreciation for good food and good company. He loved the simple things as much as the world of literature.
Charlie will be remembered by his colleagues for his meticulous scholarship, his invaluable criticism, his great kindness, and, most of all, for his enormous generosity.
A visitation for Charlie will be held from 6-8pm, Tuesday, November 29 at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike (Route 202, south of Silverside Rd.) with additional, overflow parking available in the rear parking lot of the Brandywine YMCA, 3 Mt. Lebanon Rd. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am, Wednesday, November 30 at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Church, 10 Old Church Rd. Interment in Arden Memorial Garden will be held privately. The family suggests honoring the memory of Dr. Robinson by sending a contribution to: Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Rd., Newark, DE 19713; or The Ministry of Caring, 115 East 14th St., Wilmington, DE 19801-3209; or Mt. Saint Mary's University, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd., Emmitsburg, MD 21727. Messages of condolence may be sent to www.mccreryandharra.com