With great sadness, we write to let you know that Paul R. Sellin (1930-2017) passed away on Sunday  Sept. 24. Paul, one of the early champions and leaders of the AANS, was a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in UCLA's Department of English and Oud-hoogleraar at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Paul published extensively on northern European Neo-Latin poetic theory; sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Anglo-Dutch Relations; English literature from the age of Shakespeare through Milton, especially John Donne; Dutch literature in the Golden Age; Anglican and Reformed theology; and continental artists, spies, and diplomats from the reign of King James to the Restoration.  His most recent book appeared with Routledge in 2011: Treasure, Treason and the Tower: El Dorado and the Murder of Sir Walter Raleigh.  Paul received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1963 where he met and married a fellow graduate student, Ake Weststrate, originally from Amsterdam.  Paul, Ake and their daughter, Christine have been familiar faces at ICNS gatherings through the years.  He will be missed.


  1. Nina Greeley's avatar
    Nina Greeley
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    My deepest condolences to Paul's family. I knew Professor Sellin at UCLA. He was a brilliant and careful scholar, and a quietly enthusiastic and wonderfully kind and thoughtful man. Rest in Peace.

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