Turner, Arlin.

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General Career Biography

  • 1909: Born November 25 in Abilene, Tex.
  • 1927: Received B.A. from West Texas State University
  • 1930: Received M.A. from the University of Texas
  • 1934: Received Ph.D. from the University of Texas
  • 1934 - 1936 : Instructor at the University of Texas
  • 1936 - 1953 : Professor of English at Louisiana State University
  • 1941: Published Hawthorne as Editor
  • 1942 - 1946 : Served in U.S. Naval Reserve
  • 1947 - 1948 : Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 1951: Visiting Professor, University of Montreal. Visiting Professor, University of Colorado
  • 1952: Awarded Fulbright appointment to University of Western Australia
  • 1953 - 1979 : Professor of English, Duke University
  • 1956: Published George W. Cable: A Biography
  • 1957: Visiting Professor, University of Texas
  • 1958: Visiting Professor, University of Virginia
  • 1958 - 1964 : Chairman, Duke University Department of English
  • 1959 - 1960 : Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 1960: Published Mark Twain and George W. Cable: The Record of a Literary Friendship
  • 1961: Visiting Professor, University of Illinois
  • 1961: Published Nathaniel Hawthorne: An Introduction and Interpretation
  • 1962: Visiting Professor, University of Iowa
  • 1963: Visiting Professor, New York University
  • 1964: Visiting Professor, University of Bombay
  • 1966 - 1967 : Awarded Fulbright appointment to University of Hull, Hull, England
  • 1968: Visiting Professor, University of Pennsylvania
  • 1969: Huntington Library Research Award
  • 1973 - 1974 : Awarded Senior Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • 1974: Awarded James B. Duke Professorship
  • 1976: Received Doctor of Humane Letters from Berea College, Ky.
  • 1978: Visiting Professor, State University of New York
  • 1979: Appointed Therese Kayser Lindsey Professor of Literature, Southwest Texas State University
  • 1980: Published Nathaniel Hawthorne, a biography.
  • 1980: Died, April 24 in Austin, Tex.

Organizational Service Biography

The following lists selected offices and leadership roles held by Turner in professional organizations as documented in this collection. Turner was active in other professional groups that are not represented in his papers. The dates reflect the years of the highest positions he held and do not represent the total period of his membership or leadership. The organizations are listed alphabetically.

  • 1956 - 1967 : American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Regional Associate, 1956-1967 Fellowship Selection Committee, 1961-1963, 1965-1966
  • 1954 - 1979 : American Literature Managing Editor, 1954-1963 Editor, 1969-1979
  • 1955 - 1972 : American Studies Association (ASA) Advisory Council, 1955-1957, 1967-1972 Executive Committee, 1958-1959 Vice President, 1969-1970
  • 1956 - 1968 : Committee for International Exchange of Persons, (CIEP), Conference Board of Associated Research Councils (CBC) Member, Committee for American Studies 1956-1960, 1962-1963, 1967-1968 Chairman, Committee for American Studies, 1957-1960
  • 1949 - 1967 : Modern Language Association (MLA) Secretary, American Literature Section, 1949-1967 Chairman, American Literature Section, 1966-1967
  • 1961 - 1966 : National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Director, 1961-1964 Director, Commission on Literature, 1964-1966
  • 1968 - 1976 : National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Chairman, Fellowship Selection Committee, 1968-1972 Member, Advisory Panel on Media Programs, 1976
  • 1956 - 1957 : South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Chairman, American Literature Section, 1956-1957
  • 1956 - 1979 : South Atlantic Quarterly Member, Editorial Board 1956-1979
  • 1955 - 1972 : Southeastern American Studies Association (SEASA) Vice-President, 1955-1956, 1968-1970 President, 1956-1957, 1970-1972

Henry Arlin Turner, a professor of English and Literature, is best known for his scholarship on Nathaniel Hawthorne and George Washington Cable. His interests also included Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Southern Literature, and American Humor writings. Turner authored, edited, or reviewed an extensive list of publications on these subjects, in addition to the monographs listed above.

From the guide to the Arlin Turner Papers, 1927-1980, (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Levin, Harry. Harry Levin Papers. 1920-1995. Houghton Library
referencedIn Wendell Holmes Stephenson Papers, 1820-1968 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn American Literature, Records, 1927-2000s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Arlin Turner Papers, 1927-1980 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Jay B. Hubbell Papers, 1816-1998 and undated, bulk 1920-1979 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Modern Language Association of America, American Literature Section Papers, 1922-1999 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Benjamin Franklin Fisher Papers, (bulk, ), 1963-2001, 1967-2001 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Edgar Marquess Branch Papers, 1939-2003 and undated, (bulk 1960-1990) David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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Birth 1909




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