University professor; poet; publisher.  Born– September 8, 1907, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Parents– George Doherty and Eleanor (McCorvey) Johnston. Married– Mary Tabb Lancaster, 1936. Children– Four. Education– University of Alabama, B.A., 1929, M.A., 1930; Columbia University, Ph.D., 1943. Taught, University of Alabama, 1935-1941, 1946-1950; U.S. Army, 1941-1946, then served in the reserves, retiring as lieutenant colonel; taught, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1930-1933, 1950-1974. Founder of White Rhinoceros Press. Member; Modern Language Association; Shakespeare Association of America. Received the Whitney Memorial Prize; Keats Memorial Sonnet Prize; Duff Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of Virginia. Died January 1, 1995.


Contemporary Authors online


Academic Verse.  White Rhinoceros, 1962.

Banked Fire, Poems, 1929-1976. Blacksburg, Va.; White Rhinocerous Press, 1976.

Ben Jonson; Poet. New York; Columbia University Press, 1945.

Jonson folio and other poems.  Blacksburg, Va., 1962.

Reflections. Blacksburg, Va.; White Rhinocerous Press, 1965.

Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On. Blacksburg, Va.; White Rhinocerous Press, 1965.

Thomas Chalmers McCorvey: Teacher, Poet, Historian.  N.P., 1965.

The Unbelievable Birthday. Blacksburg, Va.; White Rhinocerous Press, 1981.


Alabama Historical Sketches.  University Press of Virginia, 1960.

Poems by William Camden. Chapel Hill, N.C.; University of North Carolina Press, 1975.

Poems of Ben Jonson. New York; Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1954.


A collection of the papers of George Burke Johnston is held by the special collections library at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.