David H. Greene: Scholar of Irish Literature, Dies at 94

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David H. Greene, a leading scholar of Irish literature and one of the authorized biographers of the playwright J. M. Synge, the author of “The Playboy of the Western World,” died on Wednesday near his home in Boynton Beach, Fla. He was 94.

The cause was pneumonia, his daughter Candy Moss said.

For nearly 40 years, Professor Greene taught at New York University, often in large classrooms packed with students soaking up his passion for Irish culture. He traced his patrilineal lineage to English settlers of Massachusetts in the early 1700s, but his mother was a native of Ireland.
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