Mizener, Arthur

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Professor of English, Cornell University.

From the description of Arthur Mizener letters to S. Gorley Putt, 1936-1985. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64085073

American educator, author, and critic Arthur Mizener was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, on September 3, 1907, to Mason Price and Mabel Moore Mizener.

From the description of Arthur Mizener papers, 1940-1977 (bulk 1943-1951). (University of Delaware Library). WorldCat record id: 667622443

American educator, author, and critic Arthur Mizener was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, on September 3, 1907, to Mason Price and Mabel Moore Mizener. He attended Princeton University for his undergraduate degree, received his master's degree in English from Harvard University in 1932, and returned to Princeton to receive his doctorate in 1934. In 1935 he married Rosemary Paris, who shared his love of letters.

Over the next sixteen years, Mizener taught at Yale University; Wells College in Aurora, New York; and Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he was the chairman of the English Department. In 1951, Mizener accepted a position as Mellon Foundation Professor of English at Cornell University and remained there until his retirement in 1975.

Mizener is best known as the author of the first F. Scott Fitzgerald biography, The Far Side of Paradise, which was published in 1951. The best-selling biography was praised for its frank portrayal of Fitzgerald's alcoholism and his wife Zelda's insanity as well as for its psychological insights into their lives. It was also credited with renewing interest in Fitzgerald and advancing Fitzgerald's reputation as a major American author. Twenty years later, Mizener published a biography of Ford Madox Ford, the British novelist and founding editor of Transatlantic Review and Two Worlds . In addition, Mizener published several other works, among them The Sense of Life in the Modern Novel and A Handbook of Analyses, Questions, and a Discussion of Technique for Use with Modern Short Stories: The Uses of Imagination ; edited various other works, including a collection of Fitzgerald's miscellaneous writings; and wrote numerous essays and book reviews. He died in 1988 at the age of 80.

Engar, Ann. "Arthur Mizener." Dictionary of Literary Biography; American Literary Biographers . Ed. Steven Serafin. Volume 103. Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1991. pp. 184-191.

From the guide to the Arthur Mizener papers, 1940–1977, 1943–1951, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Mizener, Arthur. Arthur Mizener papers, 1940-1977 (bulk 1943-1951). University of Delaware Library, Hugh M Morris Library
referencedIn Cowley, Malcolm, 1898-1989. Malcolm Cowley collection related to: The stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1949-1950. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Reed Whittemore papers, c. 1913-1985, 1965-1980 University of Maryland (College Park, Md.). Libraries
referencedIn Bruccoli, Matthew J. (Matthew Joseph), 1931-2008. Matthew J. Bruccoli papers 1894-2010. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Fitts, Dudley, 1903-1968. Dudley Fitts papers, 1928-1968 (bulk 1941-1943). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982. Archibald MacLeish collection, 1914-1982 (inclusive). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972. Edmund Wilson papers, 1829-1986 (bulk 1920-1972). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982. Archibald MacLeish collection of papers, 1923-1981. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Perkins, James Alfred, 1911-1998. James Perkins papers, 1963-1969. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Mizener, Arthur. Correspondence to Gladys Brooks, 1959. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Kalman, Charles Oscar, 1872-1956. Correspondence with F. Scott Fitzgerald and family and Fitzgerald memorabilia, [undated] and 1931-1956. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Archibald MacLeish collection, 1914-1982 (inclusive) Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Lurie, Alison. Alison Lurie papers, [ca. 1960-1977] Cornell University Library
creatorOf Mizener, Arthur, 1907-1988. Arthur Mizener papers on F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1941-1982 (bulk 1947-1951) Princeton University Library
referencedIn Porter, Katherine Anne, 1890-1980. Katherine Anne Porter collection, 1940-1945. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Edmund Wilson papers, 1829-1986, 1920-1972 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Mizener, Arthur. Arthur Mizener letters to S. Gorley Putt, 1936-1985. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Williams, Oscar, 1900-1964. Papers of Oscar Williams [manuscript], 1940-1969. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Nassar, Eugene Paul. Eugene Paul Nassar/Arthur Mizener Correspondence, 1965-1991. Vanderbilt University Library, Jean and Alexander Heard Library
referencedIn Jarrell, Randall, 1914-1965. Randall Jarrell letters and poem, and book reviews received, 1946-1961. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Dudley Fitts papers, 1928-1968, 1941-1943 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence, 1881-1981 (inclusive), 1940-1979 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Whittemore, Reed, 1919-. Papers. University of Maryland (College Park, Md.). Libraries
referencedIn Ernest Hemingway Collection, 1916-1977, 1930-1965 University of Maryland (College Park, Md.). Libraries
creatorOf Nassar, Eugene Paul. Eugene Paul Nassar correspondence, 1965-1991. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Ford, Ford Madox, 1873-1939. Ford Madox Ford collection, [ca. 1850]-1973 (bulk 1850-1939). Cornell University Library
creatorOf Harris, Mark, 1922-2007. Letters to Arthur Mizener, 1962, 1966, 1976. Georgia Newspaper Project
creatorOf Black, Robert K. (Robert Kerr). Tracy W. McGregor Library scrapbook / 1945-1950. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Schulberg, Budd. Budd Schulberg papers, 1936-1967. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961. Ernest Hemingway collection, 1916-1977 (bulk 1930-1965). University of Maryland (College Park, Md.). Libraries
creatorOf Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940. F. Scott Fitzgerald miscellany, [ca. 1898]-1976 (bulk 1915-1940). Cornell University Library
creatorOf Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970. Charles W. Bernardin-John Dos Passos Research Collection [manuscript], ca. 1940-1980. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Welty, Eudora, 1909-2001. Letters to Arthur Mizener, 1954 June 2 and 10. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Ford Madox Ford collection, [ca. 1850]-1973, (bulk 1850-1939). Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Jacobson, Dan. Papers, 1941-1994. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Muste, Abraham John, 1885-1967. TLS, 1935 April 19 : New York to Arthur Mizener / A J Muste. Haverford College Library
creatorOf Jarrell, Randall, 1914-1965. Letter, [1946?], New York, to [Arthur] Mizener, [n.p.] University of Michigan
referencedIn Roger Garis Papers, 1855-1965 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, 1932-2005 Houghton Library
referencedIn Archibald MacLeish collection of papers, 1923-1981 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Arthur Mizener papers, 1940–1977, 1943–1951 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
creatorOf Thurber, James, 1894-1961. Letter, 1951 Apr. 20, Somerset Bridge, Bermuda, to Arthur Mizener, Northfield, Minn. University of Michigan
referencedIn Alison Lurie papers, [ca. 1960-1977] Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Merwin, W. S. (William Stanley), 1927-. [Letters] 1955-1960 / William S. Merwin, Dido Merwin. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
referencedIn John Phillips Marquand correspondence, 1892-1960. Houghton Library
referencedIn Powell, Anthony Dymoke, 1905-. Powell-Mizener correspondence, 1952-1981. Cornell University Library
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associatedWith Brooks, Gladys, person
associatedWith Bruccoli, Matthew J. (Matthew Joseph), 1931-2008. person
associatedWith Cowley, Malcolm, 1898-1989 person
associatedWith Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970. person
associatedWith Fitts, Dudley, 1903-1968. person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940. person
associatedWith Ford, Ford Madox, 1873-1939. person
associatedWith Ford Madox Ford 1873-1939. person
associatedWith Garis, Roger, 1901-1967 person
associatedWith Harris, Mark, 1922-2007. person
correspondedWith Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961. person
correspondedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Jacobson, Dan. person
associatedWith Jarrell, Randall, 1914-1965. person
associatedWith Kalman, Charles Oscar, 1872-1956. person
associatedWith Lurie, Alison. person
associatedWith Lurie, Alison. person
associatedWith MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982. person
correspondedWith Marquand, John P. (John Phillips), 1893-1960 person
associatedWith Merwin, W. S. (William Stanley), 1927- person
associatedWith Muste, Abraham John, 1885-1967. person
associatedWith Nassar, Eugene Paul. person
correspondedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Perkins, James Alfred, 1911-1998. person
correspondedWith Porter, Katherine Anne, 1890-1980 person
associatedWith Powell, Anthony Dymoke, 1905- person
associatedWith Princeton University. Class of 1917. corporateBody
associatedWith Putt, S. Gorley (Samuel Gorley). person
correspondedWith Schulberg, Budd. person
associatedWith Thurber, James, 1894-1961. person
associatedWith Voice of America (Organization) corporateBody
associatedWith Welty, Eudora, 1909-2001. person
associatedWith Whittemore, Reed, 1919- person
associatedWith Williams, Oscar, 1900-1964. person
associatedWith Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972. person
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Novelists, American--20th century--Biography
Biographers--20th century--Correspondence
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Birth 1907-09-03

Death 1988-02-15

Americans

English

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