Zabel, Morton Dauwen, 1901-1964

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Morton Dauwen Zabel (1901-1964), author, critic, editor and scholar of nineteenth-century English and European literature. Received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1933. Zabel served as associate editor of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse from 1928-1936 and full editor 1936-1937. His professional association with the University of Chicago began in 1947 when he was appointed to the English Department and actively continued until his death in 1964.

From the description of Morton Dauwen Zabel papers 1901-1964 (inclusive). (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 645645684

Zabel originally wrote to Brooks in his capacity as editor of Poetry Magazine, and the two became quite friendly, especially in the later years of their lives.

From the description of Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1937-1963. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 191062537

Literary critic, editor, scholar, and educator.

From the description of Morton Dauwen Zabel papers 1861-1964, bulk 1930-1960. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 311299037

Morton Dauwen Zabel (1901-1964) was a poet, literary critic, scholar and editor. Zabel's writing career began in poetry, with contributions to Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, a publication for which he later became associate editor. Zabel's articles and reviews appeared in The New Republic, The Nation, The Southern Review, The Arts, The Partisan Review, and The Sewanee Review . He authored Craft and Character in Modern Fiction and the Art of Ruth Draper . Zabel taught at Loyola University, becoming Chairman of the Department of English in 1929. He was chosen by the Rockefeller Foundation as Chair of North American Literature at the National University of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro in 1943. Upon his return, he was hired as a professor of English at the University of Chicago, where taught until his death in 1964. Zabel was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 1944 (Janssen, 2008). For additional information, see Lisa Janssen, "Biography of Morton Dauwen Zabel," the Morton Dauwen Zabel Papers at the Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections, Chicago.

Henry Pettit (1906 - 1994) was Professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He was named Honorary Curator of Rare Books in Norlin Library in the early 1950's, managing the collections and encouraging the acquisition of such materials as eighteenth-century English literature and examples of early printing. Pettit was a scholar of the English poet Edward Young (1683-1765), compiling A Bibliography of Young's Night Thoughts (1954) and editing The Correspondence of Edward Young (1971).

From the guide to the Morton Dauwen Zabel Letter to Henry Pettit (MS 238), 5 May 1955, (University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.)

Morton Dauwen Zabel was born in Minnesota Lake, Minnesota, on August 10, 1901. He received his A. B. from St. Thomas Military College in 1921, his M.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1922, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1933. A scholar, critic, and specialist of nineteenth-century English and European literature, Zabel traveled and studied widely during his lifetime. He authored several books; the most notable being Literary Opinion in America, published in 1943.

Zabel served as associate editor of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse from 1928-1936 and full editor 1936-1937. His professional association with the University of Chicago began in 1947 when he was appointed to the English Department and actively continued until his death in 1964.

From the guide to the Zabel, Morton Dauwen. Papers, 1901-1964, (Special Collections Research Center University of Chicago Library 1100 East 57th Street Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.)

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creatorOf Van Doren, Mark, 1894-1972. Correspondence, 1924-1961. North Central College, Oesterle Library
creatorOf Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972. General correspondence, 1901-1972. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989. Robert Penn Warren papers, 1906-1989. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Scott, Evelyn, 1893-1963. Evelyn Scott Collection, 1894-1952. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Manuscripts and proofs of New Directions books, 1937-1997. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Victoria Ocampo papers, 1908-1979. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Charles Edward Eaton Papers, 1950s-1990s University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Kurt von Faber du Faur Papers, 1923-1966 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972. Financial records, 1892-1969. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Papers, 1920-1995. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Bogan Papers, 1930-1970 Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Marshall, Margaret, 1900-1974. Margaret Marshall papers, 1805-1980 (inclusive), 1930-1974 (bulk). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Robert Penn Warren papers, 1906-1989 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972. Edmund Wilson papers, 1829-1986 (bulk 1920-1972). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Theodora Bosanquet papers, 1898-1960. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Margaret Marshall papers, 1805-1980 (inclusive), 1930-1974 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn George Dillon Papers, 1862-1982 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, ca. 1933-1997. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Cather, Willa, 1873-1947. [Letters, chiefly from Willa Cather to Louise Guerber, later Louise Burroughs]. Drew University Library, Rose Memorial Library
creatorOf Zabel, Morton Dauwen, 1901-1964. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1937-1963. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Romig, Edna Davis, b. 1889. Edna Davis Romig rejection card from Poetry magazine, circa 1930. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Gladys Campbell papers, 1914-1995 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Wilson, Theodore Carl, 1912-1950. T. C. Wilson Papers (1928-1947). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Eaton, Charles Edward, 1916-2006. Charles Edward Eaton papers, 1916-1990s [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn T. C. Wilson Papers, (1928-1947) Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Robert Lowell papers, 1861-1976 (inclusive) 1935-1970 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Bogan, Louise, 1897-1970. Papers, 1930-1990 (inclusive), 1930-1970 (bulk). Amherst College
referencedIn Sherry Mangan papers, 1923-1961. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Faber du Faur, Curt von, 1890-1966. Kurt von Faber du Faur papers, 1923-1966. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Zabel, Morton Dauwen, 1901-1964. Morton Dauwen Zabel papers 1901-1964 (inclusive). University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Warren, Austin, 1899-1986. Papers, 1922-1986. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Zabel, Morton Dauwen. Papers, 1901-1964 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Edmund Wilson papers, 1829-1986, 1920-1972 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Papers, 1897-1930. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979. Correspondence, 1950-1962. North Central College, Oesterle Library
referencedIn Evelyn Scott Collection TXRC98-A5., 1894-1952 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Zabel, Morton Dauwen, 1901-1964. Morton Dauwen Zabel papers 1861-1964, bulk 1930-1960. Newberry Library
referencedIn Campbell, Gladys, 1892-1992. Gladys Campbell papers, 1914-1995. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Bogan, Louise, 1897-1970. Bogan papers, 1897-1970. Amherst College Library
referencedIn Horace Gregory Papers, 1920-1973 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Morton Dauwen Zabel Letter to Henry Pettit (MS 238), 5 May 1955 University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.
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correspondedWith Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962 person
associatedWith Bunting, Basil. person
associatedWith Campbell, Gladys, 1892-1992. person
associatedWith Cather, Willa, 1873-1947. person
associatedWith Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924. person
associatedWith Cowley, Malcolm, 1898-1989. person
associatedWith Crane, Hart, 1899-1932. person
associatedWith Dillon, George, 1906-1968 person
associatedWith Draper, Ruth, 1884-1956. person
associatedWith Eaton, Charles Edward, 1916-2006. person
associatedWith Edel, Leon, 1907-1997. person
associatedWith Faber du Faur, Curt von, 1890-1966. person
associatedWith Fletcher, John Gould, 1886-1950. person
associatedWith Ford, Madox Ford, 1873-1939. person
associatedWith Gregory, Horace, 1898-1982. person
associatedWith James, Henry, 1843-1916. person
associatedWith Kunitz, Stanley, 1905-2006. person
associatedWith Levin, Harry, 1912-1994 person
correspondedWith Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977 person
correspondedWith Mangan, Sherry, 1904- person
associatedWith Marshall, Margaret. person
associatedWith Marshall, Margaret, 1900-1974. person
associatedWith Midwest Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Monroe, Harriet, 1860-1936. person
associatedWith Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972. person
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
correspondedWith Ocampo, Victoria, 1891- person
associatedWith Poetry: A Magazine of Verse corporateBody
associatedWith Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972. person
associatedWith Romig, Edna Davis, b. 1889. person
associatedWith Schubert, David, 1913-1946. person
associatedWith Scott, Evelyn, 1893-1963 person
associatedWith Sherburn, George, 1884-1962. person
associatedWith Stevens, Wallace, 1879-1955. person
associatedWith Tate, Allen, 1899 person
associatedWith Tate, Allen, 1899-1979. person
associatedWith University of Chicago. corporateBody
associatedWith Van Doren, Mark, 1894-1972. person
associatedWith Warren, Austin, 1899-1986. person
associatedWith Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989. person
associatedWith Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975. person
associatedWith Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972. person
associatedWith Wilson, Theodore Carl, 1912-1950. person
associatedWith Yaddo (Artist's colony) corporateBody
associatedWith Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939. person
associatedWith Zaturenska, Marya, 1902-1982. person
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Illinois--Chicago
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Manuscripts, American
Poets--20th century
Poets, American--Correspondence
American poetry--20th century--History and criticism
College teachers--Biography--Sources
Literature publishing--History--20th century
Literature--History and criticism--20th century
Critics
Criticism--20th century
Poetry--20th century--History and criticism
College teachers
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