Gideon Rappaport

Gideon Rappaport has an honors B.A. in English Literature and Art History from Cowell College, University of California at Santa Cruz, and an M.A and Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University.

He has taught Shakespeare, British Literature, and Humanities at Hamilton College, SUNY Cortland, Concordia University, and the University of New Hampshire, and at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California. He now teaches English at La Jolla Country Day School.

His publications include “Measuring Measure for Measure” in Renascence, “Hamlet: Revenge and Readiness” in The Upstart CrowDusk and Dawn:  Poems and Prose of Philip Thompson (One Mind Good Press, 2005), and various reviews and articles for the San Diego Union-Tribune and the San Diego Reader.

He has also served as theatrical dramaturge for professional theatres including the Old Globe Theatre, the California Shakespeare Festival, the British-American Youth Festival Theatre, the San Diego Repertory Theatre, the North Coast Repertory Theatre, the Intrepid Theatre, and the Poor Players, and on school productions for The Bishop’s School and La Jolla Country Day School.

He has lectured on literature, poetry, humanities, and in particular Shakespeare for continued learning programs at the University of California at San Diego and the University of San Diego, for the Honors Seminars of the San Diego City Schools, for Friends of the Library in several cities, for the San Diego Shakespeare Society, for conventions of the National Association of Independent Schools and of the California Association of Independent Schools, and regularly offers evening adult courses for community audiences through La Jolla Country Day School.

In addition to teaching, he is writing an annotated edition of Hamlet and a Shakespeare companion for students.  He blogs at

1 entry by Gideon Rappaport

Book Review

By Paul Johnson

Socrates: A Man For Our Times

Who exactly was the founder of Western philosophy? Not the man Plato made of him, this author argues.