Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

In Memoriam:
Margaret (Mimi) Lamb 


Margaret Lamb grew up in the small farming town of Michigan City, North Dakota, the eldest of seven children. At 18, she took the long train trip to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, where she was Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation she moved to New York, a city she loved, and over the years earned an M.A. and Ph.D. at NYU, joined the English department at Fordham University/Lincoln Center and married Fred Garel, an activist for the poor, who died in 2006. Lamb, was a professor, playwright, novelist and essayist. She taught at Fordham for 35 years.  

Margaret Lamb wrote two published books, Antony and Cleopatra on the English Stage and Chains of Gold, a mystery novel.  Her short stories and non-fiction were featured in numerous publications, such as the New York Times, the Yale Review, Western Humanities Review, Mademoiselle, and Seventeen.  She wrote five plays, including “Monkey Music,” which was performed at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in 1980.  As an associate professor at Fordham, she taught courses primarily on drama—Shakespeare through modern—as well as fiction writing, literary magazine production, film studies, and women's literature.

A learned, witty, generous woman, Mimi Lamb is dearly remembered by her family, friends, and many students.

A memorial service was held for Mimi Lamb in the Lowenstein Center chapel on the Lincoln Center campus of Fordam University on April 14, 2011.

Biography from the Sunday New York Times and The Observer (London).


Antony and Cleopatra on the English Stage. London: Associated University Presses, 1980.

Expressionism and American Popular Literature: Hammett as a Continental Op-Eye.” 
Clues: A Journal of Detection, Volume 2, Number 1. Spring/Summer 1981.

"All for Love and the Theatrical Arts." The Analysis of Literary Texts: Current Trends in Methodology. New York: Bilingual Press, 1980. 

Beyond Revenge: The Spanish Tragedy.” 
Mosaic: A Journal for the Comparative Study of Literature and Ideas Published by the University of Manitoba Press, Volume IX, Number 1. Fall 1975.

That Strain Again: ‘Shakespearean’ Comedies by Musser and Büchner.” 
Educational Theatre Journal, Volume 27, Number 1. March 1975.


"On the Edge of the Glacier." The Yale Review. Volume 66, Number 1. October 1976.

"In Mutual Insurance." Western Humanities Review. Volume 29, Number 2. Spring 1975.

"Management & Possession." WOMEN: Feminist Stories by Nine New Authors. New York: The Eakins Press, 1972.

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