Warren, Austin, 1899-1986

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Austin Warren was an American educator and writer. Born in Massachusetts, he was educated at Harvard and Princeton and embarked on a career as an instructor of English at major American universities. He published several books, chiefly on literary theory. His primary interests were theology, philosophy, and religious history, and his writing is generally concerned with these topics. Warren died in 1986.

From the description of Warren Austin letters to Philip Young, 1943-1985. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 57436127

Literary critic and theorist known especially for his writings on Alexander Pope, Henry James, and Richard Crashaw; and for his collaborative work with René Wellek on Theory of Literature. Received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1926. At different times taught at Boston University, the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, and Brown University. Interests included philosophy, music, and theology.

From the description of Papers, 1922-1986. (Brown University). WorldCat record id: 122639654

Austin Warren, an American literary critic and theorist, was born in Waltham, Massachusetts on July 4, 1899. He was the son on Edward Austin Warren and Nellie Myra Anderson Warren. After his graduation in 1920 from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, he entered graduate school at Harvard University in 1921. He transferred to Princeton University in 1922, where he received his Ph.D. in 1926.

Warren began his teaching career at Boston University in 1926. In 1939 he joined the English Department at the University of Iowa. He taught at the University of Michigan from 1948 until his retirement in 1968. He moved to Providence, Rhode Island in 1970, where he taught at Brown University. In 1973 the American Academy of Arts and Letters gave him its Arts and Letters Award for Literature. He received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Brown in 1974 and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Hartford in 1980.

Warren was married to Eleanor Blake from 1941 until her death in 1946. In 1959 he married Antonia Degan Keese (Antonia J. Warren). Warren passed away on August 20, 1986, in Providence.

Warren was known for his writings on Alexander Pope, Henry James and Richard Cranshaw. He collaborated with Rene Wellek on Theory of Literature, one of the first works to systematize literary theory. His interests also included philosophy, music and theology. Warren's autobiography, Becoming What One Is, was published posthumously in 1995 by the University of Michigan Press.

Antonia J. Warren was a native of Switzerland and a physician who practiced in New York state and in Michigan, where she met Austin Warren. She later worked as an editorial advisor to the journal Modern Age . She was described by its editors as an accomplished writer of short stories, some of which were published in that journal. She passed away in Providence on March 19, 2004.

From the guide to the Austin Warren papers, Warren (Austin) papers, (bulk 1919-1986), circa 1915-2003, (John Hay Library Special Collections)

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creatorOf Teachout, John. John Teachout phonograph record collection, 1950-1964 and undated. Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Warren, Austin, 1899-1986. Warren Austin letters to Philip Young, 1943-1985. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Burke, Kenneth, 1897-1993. Kenneth Burke correspondence with Myron Simon, 1964-1973. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Van Duyn, Mona. Papers, 1942-1985. Washington University in St. Louis, .
referencedIn Seward Collins papers, 1918-1952 (inclusive), 1927-1937 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn New Directions Publishing records Houghton Library
creatorOf Hopwood Awards Collection, 1930- University of Michigan
creatorOf Waggoner, Hyatt Howe, 1913-1990. Papers, 1934-1988. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
creatorOf Dauner, Louise. Papers, 1918-1984. Indiana University
referencedIn Autograph File, M Houghton Library
creatorOf Henry Van Dyke papers, 1954-[ca.2009]. University of Michigan
referencedIn Sherry Mangan papers, 1923-1961. Houghton Library
creatorOf Austin Warren papers, Warren (Austin) papers, (bulk 1919-1986), circa 1915-2003 John Hay Library, Special Collections
creatorOf Squires, Radcliff, 1917-. Papers. Washington University in St. Louis, .
referencedIn University of Michigan. News and Information Services. Faculty and Staff Files, 1944-2005 (bulk 1960-1995) Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Robert Penn Warren papers, 1906-1989 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Van Duyn, Mona. Papers. Washington University in St. Louis, .
referencedIn John Teachout phonograph record collection, 1950-1964 and undated Bentley Historical Library
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creatorOf Hardwick, Elizabeth. Papers, 1934-1991 (bulk 1960-1990). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Collins, Seward, 1899-1952. Seward Collins papers, 1918-1952 (inclusive) 1927-1937 (bulk). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn American Literature, Records, 1927-2000s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn New Directions Publishing records Houghton Library
referencedIn Harry Levin papers Houghton Library
creatorOf Pendleton Family. Papers, 1883-1986. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Warren, Austin, 1899-1986. Papers, 1922-1986. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
referencedIn Herbert Matter papers, ca. 1937-1984 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Wheelwright, John, 1897-1940. Papers of John Wheelwright, 1924-1944. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Joseph Berry Keenan Papers, 1942-1947 Harvard Law School, HarvardUniversity
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referencedIn News and Information Services (University of Michigan) photograph series D (faculty and staff portraits), 1946-2006, 1950-1990 Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Yaddo records, 1870-1980 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Squires, Radcliffe, 1917-1993. Papers, 1960-1981. Washington University in St. Louis, .
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Birth 1899-07-04

Death 1986-08-20



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