Herrick, Robert, 1868-1938

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Writer and professor of English. A.B., Harvard University, 1890. Instructor in rhetoric, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1890-1893. Instructor in rhetoric, University of Chicago, 1893-1895; assistant professor, 1895-1901; associate professor, 1901-1905; professor of English, 1905-1923. Government Secretary for the Virgin Islands, 1935-1938.

From the description of Papers, 1887-1960 (inclusive), 1887-1938 (bulk). (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 52246301

Educator and author.

From the description of Letter, 1900 October 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122608449

From the guide to the Robert Herrick letter, 1900, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

Robert Herrick was an American author. He was born in Cambridge, Mass., graduated from Harvard in 1890, and taught at the University of Chicago until 1923. He wrote for the New republic and was an author of short stories and novels, reflecting pre-World War I realism.

From the description of Robert Herrick letter to Mrs. Arthur Aldis, 1912 Nov. 25. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 60494810

Robert Herrick (1868-1938), novelist and professor of composition and literature, was born into the post-Civil War gentility of Cambridge, Massachusetts and died in the Virgin Islands, a member of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal government. Of old New England stock, he was also educated in New England. He attended the Cambridge High School and in 1885 entered Harvard, where his mother's cousin George Herbert Palmer was Professor of Philosophy. At Harvard he studied under such men as Francis James Child, George Lyman Kittredge, William James, and Barrett Wendell, and while still an undergraduate published his first stories in the Harvard Advocate and Harvard Monthly. He was associated, either in friendship or through participation in the Monthly or the Mermaid Club, with such men as Philip Abbot, George Rice Carpenter, Jefferson Fletcher (who was to be his brother-in-law), Norman and Hutchins Hapgood, Bernard Berenson, George Pierce Baker, George Santayana, William Vaughn Moody, and Robert Morss Lovett.

After graduation from Harvard in 1890, Herrick taught composition and literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1893, he accepted an appointment at the University of Chicago, where his cousin by marriage, Alice Freeman Palmer, was already established as the University's first Dean of Women. Here he developed a writing program similar to that taught at Harvard by A. S. Hill and Barrett Wendell, and was instrumental in persuading Robert Morss Lovett and William Vaughn Moody to join the English faculty.

In 1894, Herrick married his first cousin, Harriet Peabody Emery. The marriage was dissolved in 1916; and one son, Philip Herrick, survived his parents. In 1899, the Herricks acquired a lot at 5735 Lexington (now University) Avenue and in 1900, engaged Hugh M. Garden to design a home for them. The local press, chafing over Herrick's realistic descriptions of Chicago in The Web of Life (1900), ridiculed the project as intended to educate the taste of those accustomed to Chicago's "vulgarity;" but the house (now Calvert House) has come to be regarded as an important precursor of the "Prairie School" of architecture. In 1913, Herrick purchased a house and land in York Village, Maine; and this he regarded as his permanent home.

From 1909 to 1923, when he resigned his professorship, Herrick spent only part of each year at the University, the other part writing and traveling. In 1935, he was appointed Government Secretary for the Virgin Islands.

During his lifetime, he published three collections of short stories and twenty-one novels, several textbooks, and a study of World War I. He also wrote frequently for periodicals: short stories (several early ones published under the pseudonym of Austin Smith), literary and political essays, book reviews and editorials. In addition, during the period of World War I, he wrote a regular column for the Chicago Tribune.

From the guide to the Herrick, Robert. Papers, 1887-1960, (Special Collections Research Center University of Chicago Library 1100 East 57th Street Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.)

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creatorOf Herrick, Robert, 1868-1938. Autograph letter signed Robert Herrick to: "Dear Fred and Mary" December 26, 1912. Wellesley College
referencedIn Thomas Bailey Aldrich papers, 1837-1926. Houghton Library
creatorOf Herrick, Robert, 1868-1938. Robert Herrick letter to Mrs. Arthur Aldis, 1912 Nov. 25. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Herrick, Robert, 1868-1938. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1918-1925. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Howells family papers, 1850-1954 (inclusive). Houghton Library
referencedIn Oswald Garrison Villard papers Houghton Library
creatorOf Herrick, Robert. Papers, 1887-1960 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library
referencedIn Charles Marie Georges Garnier papers, 189-1953. Houghton Library
referencedIn Macmillan Company records, 1889-1960 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Robert Grant papers Houghton Library
creatorOf Herrick, Robert, 1868-1938. Letter, 1918 or 1919, Chicago, to Harold Rugg, Hanover, N.H. / R.H. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Mezes, Sidney Edward. Inquiry papers, 1917-1919. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Macmillan Company. Macmillan Company records, 1889-1960. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Hapgood family papers, 1829-1977 (inclusive), 1900-1940 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf Herrick, Robert, 1868-1938. Robert Herrick letter and article. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
referencedIn United States Sanitary Commission records. Army and Navy Claim Agency archives, 1861-1870 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Robert Herrick letter, 1900 L. Tom Perry Special Collections
referencedIn Wendell family papers Houghton Library
creatorOf Macy, John Albert, 1877-1932. Correspondence, 1926-1931. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Herrick, Robert, 1868-1938. Letter, 1900 October 30. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn MacCarthy mss., 1863-1991 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Century Company records New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Herrick, Robert, 1868-1938. Papers, 1887-1960 (inclusive), 1887-1938 (bulk). University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966. Papers, 1681-1966 (bulk 1900-1960) Houghton Library
referencedIn Mark Anthony De Wolfe Howe additional papers Houghton Library
referencedIn Carpenter, George Rice, 1863-1909. George Rice Carpenter letters, 1886-1908, 1893-1908 (bulk). Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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associatedWith Aldis, Mary, b. 1872, person
correspondedWith Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836-1907 person
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correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
correspondedWith Garnier, Charles Marie Georges, 1869- person
correspondedWith Grant, Robert, 1852-1940 person
associatedWith Hapgood family. family
associatedWith Hapgood family. family
associatedWith Hapgood, Norman, 1868-1937. person
associatedWith Harper, William Rainey, 1856-1906. person
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associatedWith Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920. person
correspondedWith Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960 person
associatedWith Lovett, Robert Morss, 1870-1956. person
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associatedWith Macy, John Albert, 1877-1932. person
associatedWith Mezes, Sidney Edward. person
associatedWith Monroe, Harriet, 1860-1936. person
associatedWith Nevius, Blake. person
associatedWith Palmer, Frederic, 1848-1932. person
associatedWith Rugg, Harold Goddard, 1883-1957. person
associatedWith Towle, Mary. person
associatedWith United States Sanitary Commission corporateBody
correspondedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949 person
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Virgin Islands of the United States
Authors, American
Authors, American
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Birth 1868-04-21

Death 1938-12-23




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