David Bevington (1931-2019) was the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at the University of Chicago, where he taught since 1967. He was an influential scholar of Renaisance drama, through such books as From Mankind to Marlowe: Growth of Structure in the Popular Drama of Tudor England, Tudor Drama and Politics: A Critical Approach to Topical Meaning, and Action Is Eloquence: Shakespeare's Language of Gesture. He was also the editor of the twenty-nine volumes of The Bantam Shakespeare and The Complete Works of Shakespeare, as well as of The Cambridge Edition of The Works of Ben Jonson.
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