Firkins, Oscar W., 1864-1932

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Oscar Wilde Firkins was a literary critic and professor of comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. Francis Brown Barton was a professor in the French Dept. at the University.

From the description of Oscar Wilde Firkins papers, 1909-1932. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63300997

Oscar Wilde Firkins was a literary critic and professor of comparative literature at the University of Minnesota.

From the description of Oscar Wilde Firkins papers, 1909-1932. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63291653

Oscar W. Firkins was professor of comparative literature at the University of Minnesota (1918-1932) and a widely-known literary critic.

From the description of Oscar Wilde Firkins papers, 1909-1932. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63286175

Oscar W. Firkins was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1864. He attended the University of Minnesota, earning his B.A. in 1884 and M.A. in 1898. He joined the faculty of the University in 1891 as assistant in rhetoric and became professor of comparative literature in 1918.

Professor Firkins was a world renowned literary critic. He was a reviewer of poetry for the Nation, dramatic critic for the Weekly Review and a contributor to Atlantic Monthly, Saturday Review of Literature, Yale Review, and the North American Review . Professor Firkins was also a prolific writer of memoirs, criticisms, plays and poetry.

A purist in regard to literature, Professor Firkins would only read a text as it was originally written. If he wanted to read an author who's original work was not in English, he would learn the necessary language. Because of this, Professor Firkins could read over a dozen languages and speak seven. He remained as the only professor in the comparative literature department from 1918 until his death on March 7, 1932, four months before his planned retirement from the University.

From the guide to the Oscar Wilde Firkins papers, 1909-1932, (University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc])

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962. Papers, 1897-1930 Houghton Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn John H. Dietrich papers., 1905-1987. Minnesota Historical Society
creatorOf Firkins, Oscar W., 1864-1932. Oscar Wilde Firkins papers, 1909-1932. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Folwell, William Watts, 1833-1929. William Watts Folwell papers, ca. 1856-1929. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Howells family papers, 1850-1954 (inclusive). Houghton Library
referencedIn William Watts Folwell Papers, 1856-1929 University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives. [uarc]
referencedIn James Gray papers, 1869-1967 University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives. [uarc]
creatorOf Oscar Wilde Firkins papers, 1909-1932 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Walter, Frank Keller, 1874-1945. Papers, 1900-1945. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Firkins, Oscar W., 1864-1932. Oscar Wilde Firkins papers, 1909-1932. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Gray, James, 1899-. James Gray papers, <194-?>-<196-?> University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Teasdale, Sara, 1884-1933. Papers of Sara Teasdale [manuscript], 1888-1934 (bulk 1905-1933). University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Dietrich, John H. (John Hassler), 1878-. John H. Dietrich papers, 1905-1987. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Richard G. Badger papers, 1917-1932. Houghton Library
referencedIn Walter, Frank Keller, 1874-1945. Papers, 1900-1945. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Firkins, Oscar W., 1864-1932. Autograph letter signed Oscar W. Firkins to: "My dear Professor Palmer" March 24, 1916. Wellesley College
creatorOf Firkins, Oscar W., 1864-1932. Oscar W. Firkins and family papers, 1876-1934. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Firkins, Oscar W., 1864-1932. Oscar Wilde Firkins papers, 1909-1932. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Fred Beal Snyder papers, 1912-1950 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Papers of the Howe-Richards family, 1840-1950. Houghton Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
correspondedWith Badger, Richard G. person
associatedWith Barton, Francis Brown, 1886-1971. person
correspondedWith Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962 person
associatedWith Dietrich, John H. (John Hassler), 1878-. person
associatedWith Firkins, Chester, 1882-1915. person
associatedWith Firkins, Ina Ten Eyck, 1866-1937. person
associatedWith Folwell, William Bainbridge, 1878-1938 person
associatedWith Folwell, William Watts, 1833-1929. person
associatedWith Gray, James, 1899- person
associatedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Howe family. family
associatedWith More, Paul Elmer, 1864-1937. person
associatedWith Northrop, Cyrus, 1932-1922 person
associatedWith Palmer, George Herbert, 1842-1933. person
associatedWith Snyder, Fred Beal, 1859-1951 person
associatedWith Teasdale, Sara, 1884-1933. person
associatedWith University of Minnesota. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Minnesota. Dept. of Comparative Literature corporateBody
associatedWith Walter, Frank Keller, 1874-1945. person
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Europe
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American poetry
Drama--Study and teaching
American drama
Drama--History and criticism
Literature--History and criticism
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Birth 1864

Death 1932

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