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Nevada Writers Hall of Fame 2001

Morris Brownell

[Photo: Morris Brownell]Researcher, biographer of 18th century figures and life

University of Nevada, Reno professor of English emeritus; University of Nevada, Reno career span: 1976-2001; academic career includes teaching at Tufts, Cornell and St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University. Named University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professor of English, 1989, Outstanding Researcher, 1990.

Research Fellowships: Fulbrights, University of London and Oxford; National Endowment for the Humanities, Huntington Library and Oxford. Grants: Clark Library, UCLA; Yale Center for British Art; Paul Mellon Centre, London.

Born in Boston, Mass.; 25-year Reno resident. Graduate of Princeton University, BA; University of California at Berkeley, MA, Ph.D.


  • Samuel Johnson’s Attitude to the Arts
  • Alexander Pope and the Arts of Georgian England
  • The Prime Minister of Taste: A Portrait of Horace Walpole (nominated for a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize).

Rollan Melton

[Photo: Rollan Melton]Journalist and columnist

55 years in journalism and still counting; career ranges from newsboy to publisher of the Reno Evening Gazette and the Nevada State Journal and senior vice president of Gannett. 23 years of columns, close to 4,000 in number.

Born in Boise, Idaho; 55-year Nevada resident. Graduate of University of Nevada, Reno, BA.


  • 101 Nevada Columns and Nevadans (collections of columns)
  • Sonny’s Story (a memoir)

Robert Gorrell

[Photo: Robert Gorrell]Linguist, author of English rhetoric and language books; first-time novelist – a Shakespearean mystery, published in 2000

University of Nevada, Reno professor of English emeritus; 35-year career at University of Nevada, Reno, 1945-1980; duties include chairman of the Department of English, dean of Arts and Science and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Early in career, Fulbright lecturer at universities of Sydney and Helsinki.

Columnist: 1982-1995, weekly column on English usage in the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Honors include National Council of Teachers of English Distinguished Lecturer; Nevada Humanities Committee Distinguished Scholar and Humanist; University of Nevada Distinguished Faculty Award.

Born in Bremen, Indiana; Reno resident since 1945. Graduate of Cornell University, BA, Ph.D.


  • Modern English Rhetoric and Handbook
  • Watch Your Language: Mother Tongue and Her Wayward Children
  • Murder at the Rose
  • What’s in a Word: Etymological Gossip About Some English Words.