Dorothea Krook-Gilead

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Dorothea Krook-Gilead (Hebrew: דורותיאה קרוק-גלעד b. 11 February 1920 d. 13 November 1989) was an Israeli literary scholar, a translator, and a professor of English literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Tel Aviv University.

Dorothea Krook-Gilead
Native name דורותיאה קרוק-גלעד
Born Dorothea Krook
11 February 1920
Riga, Latvia
Died 13 November 1989 (aged 69)
Ein Harod, Israel
Citizenship Latvian, South African, British, Israeli
Spouse(s) Zerubavel Gilad
Awards Israel Prize
Academic background
Alma mater University of Cape Town
Newnham College, Cambridge
Academic work
Institutions University of Cambridge
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Tel Aviv University
Notable students Sylvia Plath
Notable works Three Traditions of Moral Thought (1959)
The Ordeal of Consciousness in Henry James (1962)
Elements of Tragedy (1969)
John Sergeant and his circle: a study of three seventeenth-century English Aristotelians (1993)


Krook was born in Riga, Latvia and moved to South Africa at the age of eight. She earned a degree in English literature at the University of Cape Town. In 1946 she was awarded a scholarship to Newnham College, at the University of Cambridge, where she earned her Ph.D. and spent 14 years as a research fellow and assistant lecturer. Among her students there was the poet Sylvia Plath,[1] who wrote that Krook was her ideal of a successful career woman and wonderful human being. While at Newnham, Krook published her first major critical work, Three Traditions of Moral Thought.

In 1960, she emigrated to Israel and began teaching at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the Department of English Literature.[2]

Krook married the poet Zerubavel Gilad in 1968 and became a member of Kibbutz Ein Harod. She translated many of his poems into English.

Krook died on November 13, 1989.

Awards and honours

Published works

  • Three traditions of moral thought New York, Cambridge University Press, 1959
  • The Ordeal of Consciousness in Henry James Cambridge, England 1962
  • Elements of tragedy Yale University Press, 1969
  • John Sergeant and his circle: a study of three seventeenth-century English Aristotelians (with Beverly C. Southgate) E.J. Brill, 1993

See also


  1. ^ "A celebration, this is". Retrieved 2018-01-08. 
  2. ^ "Dorothea Krook (Gilead)". Encyclopaedia Judaica. 
  3. ^ Dorothea Krook-Gilead: Mentor of Unfailing Grace Jerusalem Postby V. Eden Nov 16, 1989 p.02 abstract
  4. ^ "Israel Prize Official Site - Recipients in 1973 (in Hebrew)". Archived from the original on 2010-01-18. 
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