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Michael Steig ’58

Michael Steig ’58, December 13, 2006, in West Vancouver, B.C., from pancreatic cancer. Mike received a BA from Reed in general literature. After receiving a PhD in English from the University of Washington in 1963, he taught in the English department at Michigan State University. In 1966, he joined the English department at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, remaining there until retirement. His specialties were Victorian and children's literature and reader-response criticism, and he published numerous articles on the subjects. He also published two books, Dickens and Phiz (Indiana University Press, 1978) and Stories of Reading (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988). He retained a great love of music throughout his life, building a large and eclectic collection of recordings. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Katharine Jaeger Steig '58, two sons, and four grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2008

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