Johnson, Thomas Herbert 1909-

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Thomas H. Johnson, educator and author, taught English and American literature for many years at the Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, N.J. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen, the University of Pennsylvania, and N.Y.U. Johnson published a biography of Emily Dickinson and edited volumes of the poetry of Dickinson and Edward Taylor.

From the description of Thomas H. Johnson papers, 1919-1984. (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 177441198

Johnson (1902-1985) attended Kittredge's ballad seminar at Harvard. Johnson studied English at both Williams College (A.B. 1926) and Harvard University (A.M. 1929, Ph.D. 1934).

From the description of American balladry : typescript, [ca. 1934] (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612838442

Thomas Herbert Johnson (1902-1985) was born in Bradford, Vermont, the son of Herbert Thomas Johnson (1872-1942) and Myra Burbeck Johnson. He married Catherine Schyler Rice of New York on September 11, 1934, and they had two children, Thomas and Laura.

Thomas briefly attended Dartmouth, and after a year of teaching, started over again at Williams College, class of 1926. He taught at Rutgers, Harvard, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, and Williams. He joined the faculty of the Lawrenceville School in 1937, serving as chairman of the English Department there from 1944 until he retired in 1967. He was the author of The Oxford Companion to American History, is credited with discovering the Puritan poet Edward Taylor (1664?-1729), co-edited the Literary History of the United States (1948, 3 vols.), and was the editor of six volumes of Emily Dickinson's poetry and letters. His last work was Emily Dickinson: An Interpretative Biography, published in 1955. Thomas H. Johnson died January 3, 1985.

From the description of Thomas H. Johnson papers, 1916-1944. (Vermont Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 191701827

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associatedWith Anderson, Charles Roberts, 1902-1999. person
associatedWith Chase, Richard Volney, 1914-1962. person
associatedWith Dartmouth College. corporateBody
associatedWith Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886 person
associatedWith Floating University. corporateBody
associatedWith Gerould, James Thayer, 1872-1951. person
associatedWith Grew, Joseph C. (Joseph Clark), 1880-1965. person
associatedWith Hillyer, Robert, 1895-1961. person
associatedWith Perry, Bliss, 1860-1954. person
associatedWith Taylor, Edward, 1642-1729 person
associatedWith Ward, Theodora Van Wagenen, b. 1890. person
associatedWith Williams College. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Bradford (Vt.)
Readsboro (Vt.)
United States
United States
American literature--Study and teaching--20th century
Voyages around the world--20th century
Book editor--20th century--Correspondence
Ballads, English
Teachers--20th century--Correspondence
English poetry--18th century
English poetry--17th century
American poetry--19th century
College teachers


Birth 1909



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