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Remembering Edwin Eigner
Edwin Eigner

Edwin Eigner, a longtime member of the UCR English Department, co-founder of the UCR Creative Writing Program, and for many years a leader of the Dickens Project, has died.  A scholar of nineteenth-century English and American literature, he wrote books on Dickens, Stevenson, the metaphysical novel, and Victorian criticism of the novel.  In retirement, he was a playwright and actor on the San Diego stage. In 2011, the New Yorker published a memorable account of the Dickens Project, “Dickens in Eden” (

Ed was a beloved and wise department chair and department member, who innovated changes that are still happily in evidence today. He will be missed and remembered.

Those wishing to contact Ed’s daughter, Nancy Rivera, can write to her at 3960 Coyote Canyon, Soquel, CA 95073.