With expertise in the literature of the English Renaissance and the relationship between England and France, Anne Lake Prescott has thrived in her career at Barnard College. She began in 1961 as an instructor of English, and continued on to hold positions as an assistant professor, associate professor, professor, and the chairman of the English Department. Dr. Lake Prescott currently holds the distinguished title of Helen Goodhart Altschul Professor of English. She considers it just plain luck to have the opportunity to teach in a great city like New York on subjects that she loves.
One of the highlights of Dr. Lake Prescott’s career was giving the main talk at the Renaissance Society of America’s annual meeting, which is considered a bit honor. She was also proud to earn the Colin Clout Award from the Spenser Society in 2007, and to author “Imaging Rabelais in the English Renaissance” in 1998 and “French Poets and the English Renaissance” in 1978, among other publications. Looking to the future, she would like to put together a collection of essays on King David and the Renaissance and possibly update her first book.
Dr. Lake Prescott prepared for her endeavors by earning a PhD and a Master of Arts from Columbia University in 1967 and 1961, respectively, and a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College in 1959. Over the years, she furthered her education with coursework at Radcliffe College and the University of Paris. To keep in touch with her peers and community, she held leadership positions for a number of prominent organizations. Some of these have included president of the International Spenser Society, vice president of the John Donne Society, and board of directors of the Renaissance Society of America. She remains the president of the Sixteenth Century Society and a member of the Modern Language Association and the Harvard Club, as well as a member of the editorial boards of American Notes and Queries, The John Donne Journal, the Sidney Journal, Renaissance Studies, SEL, and Moreana.