Willey, Basil, 1897-1978

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Basil Willey was an English professor and writer. He was born on July 25, 1897 to William Herbert willey and Alice Ann Le Gros. In 1923, he married Zelie Murlis Ricks and had two sons and two daughters. He taught at Cambridge University (1946-1964) and a visiting professor at Columbia University and Cornell University. His literary works include: Tendencies in Renaissance Literary Theory (Le Bas Prize Essay, 1922), Nineteenth Century Studies (1949), Introduction to Thoreau's Walden (1951), and Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1972). He died on Sept. 3, 1978.

Paul M. Zall is a retired English educator and consultant. He was born on Aug. 3, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts. In 1948, Zall married Elisabeth Weisz and had 3 sons. The schools he taught at include: Harvard University (1950-51), Cornell University (1951-55), and California State College, Los Angeles (1957-86). His literary works include: Elements of Technical Report Writing (1962), Ben Franklin Laughing (1980), Wit and Wisdom of the Founding Fathers (1996), and Jefferson on Jefferson (2002).

From the description of Letter to Paul M. Zall, 1954. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122510359

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creatorOf Willey, Basil, 1897-1978. "The value of literary study to society and the individual" [manuscript] 1948. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Willey, Basil, 1897-1978. Letter to Paul M. Zall, 1954. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Stone, Wilfred Healey, 1917-. Wilfred Healey Stone papers, ca. 1940-1990. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf West, Paul, 1930-. Paul West papers, 1951-1992. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Black, Robert K. (Robert Kerr). Tracy W. McGregor Library scrapbook / 1945-1950. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Papers, 1839-2004 (inclusive), 1895-1988 (bulk) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn William Empson papers Houghton Library
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correspondedWith Empson, William, 1906-1984 person
correspondedWith Palache family family
associatedWith Stone, Wilfred Healey, 1917- person
associatedWith West, Paul, 1930- person
associatedWith Zall, Paul M., person
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Birth 1897-07-25

Death 1978-09-03




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