Dr. Weales taught English and drama at Penn for 30 years, retiring in 1987.
An expert on American and English drama, he was a reviewer at The Reporter, 1964-1968 and at Commonweal from 1968-1993 and wrote the annual “American Theater Watch” in the Georgia Review, 1978-2010. His awards included a George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism; a Guggenheim and a Fulbright.
In addition to publishing extensively in periodicals, Dr. Weales edited dozens of books, including critical editions of classic plays and novels such as “Death of a Salesman,” “The Crucible,” The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman and many others. He authored Canned Goods As Caviar: American Film Comedy of the 1930s (1985), Odets the Playwright (1971), The Jumping-Off Place; American Drama in the 1960’s (1969) and many other books.
Dr. Weales was born in Connersville, Indiana. After serving in the US Army during WWII where he received a Purple Heart and Bronze star, he earned a BA, MA and PhD from Columbia University.
In 2011, the Kelly Writers House hosted a celebration in his honor. A video recording of the event is available here: http://media.sas.upenn.edu/watch/118849
Dr. Weales is survived by his sister, Sally Clyde; sister-in-law, Helen Weales; nieces, Becky Milhollan, Jenny McGuirl, Vickie Hall, and Marsha Bingaman; and nephews, Bob Rauch, Shannon Clyde and Ron Weales.