Davis, Joe Lee.

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First president of the Cabell Society and advisory editor of The Cabellian.

From the description of Letters, to Julius Rothman, 1967-1973. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34367139

Professor of English at the University of Michigan.

From the description of Joe Lee Davis papers, 1918-1976. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34419744

Professor of English, University of Michigan; first president of the Cabell Society; advisory editor of The Cabellian.

From the description of Joe Lee Davis papers, 1954-1973. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 66895330

From the description of Papers, 1954-1973. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34491670

Joe Lee Davis was born February 22, 1906 in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Robert Lee and Jo Greene Davis. He graduated from the University of Kentucky receiving his B.A. degree in 1926 and his master of arts degree in 1927. For three years, Davis worked as an instructor in English at the University of Kentucky, then in 1930, he came to the University of Michigan where he received his doctorate in English in 1934. While a student, Davis was also a member of the U-M English department faculty, serving as an instructor from 1930 to 1937. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1937, associate professor in 1944, and professor in 1948.

As a teacher in the English department, Davis' specialties were American literature and 17th-century English literature. Professor Davis was a widely recognized authority on Ben Jonson and his contemporaries (the so-called "Sons of Ben"), as well as 20th-century authors James Branch Cabell and George Santayana. He was a prolific author, writing scholarly and popular articles on his specialties and American fiction in general. At the university, Davis helped to found the Program in American Culture and served as its chairman from 1952 to 1969.

Professor Joe Lee Davis died February 19, 1974.

From the guide to the Joe Lee Davis papers, 1918-1976, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

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creatorOf Saunders, Lynne. Letter, 1962 Feb. 19, Richmond, to Joe Lee Davis, Ann Arbor. University of Michigan
creatorOf Rothman, Julius Lawrence. Letters, 1968-1983, to Dorothy B. Schlegel. University of Michigan
creatorOf Cabell, Margaret Freeman, d. 1983. Letters, to Joe Lee Davis, 1961-1967. University of Michigan
creatorOf Davis, Joe Lee. Letters, to Julius Rothman, 1967-1973. University of Michigan
referencedIn University of Michigan. News and Information Services. Faculty and Staff Files, 1944-2005 (bulk 1960-1995) Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Davis, Joe Lee. Papers, 1954-1973. University of Michigan
creatorOf Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964. Letters, to Joe Lee Davis, 1961-1962. University of Michigan
creatorOf Davis, Joe Lee. Joe Lee Davis papers, 1954-1973. University of Michigan
creatorOf Davis, Joe Lee, 1906-1974. Joe Lee Davis papers, 1918-1976. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Spencer, Paul. Letters, to Joe Lee Davis, 1969. University of Michigan
creatorOf Davis, Joe Lee. James Branch Cabell [1961?] University of Michigan
creatorOf Norton, Mattie C. Letter, 1962 Feb. 5, St. Augustine, Fla., to Joe Lee Davis, Ann Arbor. University of Michigan
creatorOf Joe Lee Davis papers, 1918-1976 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Wells, Arvin R. Letters, to Joe Lee Davis, 1962. University of Michigan
creatorOf Bodurtha, Florence J. Letter, 1962 Feb. 9, Richmond, to Joe Lee Davis, Ann Arbor. University of Michigan
creatorOf Davis, Joe Lee. James Branch Cabell [1961?] University of Michigan
creatorOf Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975. Letter, 1957 Aug. 11, New York, to [Joe Lee] Davis, Ann Arbor. University of Michigan
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associatedWith Godshalk, William Leigh, 1937- person
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