Nebraska Authors

William L. Burke

Born 1933-08-15 NE (USA)

Died 2014
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Stanford, CA
San Francisco, CA
Chicago, IL
Evanston, IL
New York, NY
Austin, TX
Manhattan, KS

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction
  • Play/Screenplay
  • Visual Work


Drama; Journalism; Literary Reviews; Fiction; Short Story; Art


Undergraduate Studies in Dramatic Literature and Theatre, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech, 1959, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Master of Arts Degree, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Ph.D. in Communication and Film Study, 1965, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL


Director--Theatre and Television
Producer--Radio and Television
University Professor
Radio News Editor
Film and Book Reviewer
Radio Public Affairs

Places Worked

DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
University of Texas, Austin, TX
Contemporary Films, Inc., Chicago, IL
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
International College
Bayero University, Kano, NIGERIA
The Manhattan Mercury, Manhattan, KS


Understudied Cyril Richard as 'Hook' in stage and television productions of Peter Pan


The Presentation of the American Negro in Hollywood Films 1946-1961: Analysis of a Selected Sample of Feature Films. 1965.

Published author of short fiction and verse including:
Indices. 1984.

Published several three-act plays including:
The Detached Retina : A Comedy in Three Trajectories. 1988.
Ghost Dances: A Play in Three Acts. 1988.

He contributed to professional journals in the areas of media and film criticism

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