Cohn, Alan M., (1926-) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Alan M. Cohn, a librarian, professor and scholar from Southern Illinois University, was born in 1926 in St. Louis. He attended school in Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri and was with the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity. Alan Cohn received his Master's degree from Washington University and also served in the United States Navy in World War II.
Professor Cohn joined Southern Illinois University in 1955 as an English professor and Humanities librarian and was instrumental in compiling checklists for the James Joyce Quarterly, including the Joyce centenary essays in 1983, and published the Cumulated Dickens Checklist in 1982. Dr. Cohn also served on committees like the D.H. Lawrence committee in 1978 and the Joyce-Lawrence Symposium committee in 1959. Dr. Cohn maintained a correspondence with worldwide Joyce scholars and provided a chronological history of the "Joyce industry for thirty-five years", from 1955 to 1989. Dr. Cohn was the bibliographic expert on James Joyce and was a constant resource for Richard Ellmann who created the definitive biography of Joyce.
Dr. Cohn was a member of several literary associations, notable amongst which are the Bibliographical Society of America, The Modern Language Association, and the Dickens Society. Professor Cohn had a sizeable list of publications to his credit, including his exceptional work on the Harley K. Croessmann/Joyce collection.
Professor Cohn died of lung cancer at age 63 in Carbondale, Illinois and was survived by his wife Sally Ray and daughter, Kathryn.