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George Y. Trail

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Professor Emeritus

Professor George Y. Trail

George Y. Trail wrote his dissertation on D.H. Lawrence's poetry. He served for many years on the editorial staff of the D.H. Lawrence Review and wrote the poetry sections of the D.H. Lawrence volumes for the Annotated Secondary Bibliography Series on English Literature in Transition. He has also published articles on Lawrence's poetry and criticism.

Specializing in British and American literatures from mid- to late Victorian through high Modernism, he has published articles on Whitman, Rossetti, Aubrey Beardsley, Hardy, Durrell, and Orwell. His recent interests are rhetoric and composition, with particular emphasis on rhetorical analysis as a pedagogical tool for teaching writing. Harcourt Brace published his Rhetorical Terms and Concepts: A Contemporary Glossary in 2000, followed by Reading Writing: A Rhetoric and Reader in 2001. Both texts are currently undergoing revision and, post the demise of Harcourt, are available from FS/ZD (713-805-7939).

Professor Trail has been awarded the Humanities, Fine Arts, and Communication Distinguished Teacher award in 1993 and an Enron University of Houston teaching award in 1994, both for his work in undergraduate, particularly lower division, instruction.


  • Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • M.A., University of Missouri
  • B.A., University of Missouri

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Research Interests

Rhetoric and Composition, Victorian and Modern British literature

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