Orgel, a teacher, writer, and editor, was born on April 11, 1933, in New York to a physician father and an attorney mother. He later graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. and then from Harvard University with a Ph.D. A professor of English at various colleges, he settled at Stanford University and has taught there since 1985. Orgel is also known for being a Shakespearian scholar who writes about Renaissance literature, art history, and theater. For children, Orgel has worked as an editor of reprinted books by classic authors such as William Shakespeare and John Milton. He is the general editor of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture and of Pelican Shakespeare. His edited books include: King Lear, Macbeth, and Taming of the Shrew. Orgel continues teaching and writing.
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