Kaufman, Anthony David born July 31, 1938, to Sam H. Kaufman and Evelyn Goder in Minneapolis, Minnesota, died peace-fully at his home in New York City on December 12, 2019, surrounded by family. He was 81. Tony went to Carleton College, had a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and earned his Ph.D. in English Literature from Yale University. He was a professor at the University of Illinois for 35 years, teaching Restoration drama, eighteenth-century literature, and comedy courses ranging from Aristophanes to Samuel Becket, James Thurber, and Woody Allen. He published on Restoration comedy and on the novelist Barbara Pym, and was known for his keen intelligence, dry wit, and sharp sense of humor. He was predeceased by his mother and father, his brother Steve Kaufman, and his sister Jessica Esterly. He will be missed by his wife Achsah Guibbory, his son Gabriel Benjamin Kaufman, his daughter-in-law Susie Kaufman, his two granddaughters, Alyssa Hannah Kaufman and Eve Noa Kaufman, as well as four nieces and a nephew. Services have been held.

Published on December 18, 2019

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