Beach, Joseph Warren, 1880-1957

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Literary critic and educator.

From the description of Papers of Joseph Warren Beach, 1891-1955. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71131261

Joseph Warren Beach, B.A. (1900) University of Minnesota, M.A. (1902), Ph.D. (1907) Harvard University. Professor of English and chairman of the English Department at the University of Minnesota. Was an internationally recognized figure in the field of literary criticism. Joseph Warren Beach (JWB) was born in Gloversville, New York on January 14, 1880. He was the son of Dr. Eugene Beach, a physician, and Sarah Jessup Warren Beach. His mother's sister, Elizabeth Warren Northrop was married to Cyrus Northrop who served as the second president of the University of Minnesota (1884-1911). It was for this reason that Joseph Warren Beach enrolled in the University of Minnesota in 1896 and lived in the Northrop household, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1900. He also attended Harvard University where he obtained a Master of Arts degree in 1902 and a Ph.D. in 1907. He returned to the University of Minnesota in 1907 and joined the Department of English as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1917 and professor in 1924. He also served as chairman of the department from 1939 until his retirement in 1948. After he retired from the University, Beach taught at Harvard University (1949-1950), Illinois University (1950-1951), the Sorbonne, Paris, and the University of Strasbourg as a Fulbright Lecturer (1951-1952), Johns Hopkins (1952-1953), and the University of Vienna as a Fulbright Lecturer (1954-1955). Beach was best known for introducing literary criticism into the study of literature. He was also interested in poetry and Twentieth Century fiction. Beach was the author of over 15 books, including Sonnets of the Head and Heart (1903), The Method of Henry James (1918), The Concept of Nature in Nineteenth Century English Poetry (1936), The Twentieth-Century Novel (1932), The Outlook for American Prose (1926), and American Fiction, 1920-1940 (1941). He died on August 13, 1957 at the age of.

From the description of Joseph Warren Beach papers 1900-1993. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 429023838

Biographical Note

  • 1880, 14 Jan.: Born, Gloversville, N. Y.
  • 1900: A.B., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
  • 1902: M.A., Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1907: Ph.D., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Married Elizabeth Northrop (died 1918)
  • 1907 - 1917 : Assistant professor of English, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
  • 1917 - 1924 : Associate professor of English, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minn.
  • 1918: Married Dagmar Doneghy (died 1966)
  • 1924 - 1948 : Professor of English, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
  • 1949 - 1950 : Visiting professor, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1950 - 1951 : Visiting professor, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Ill.
  • 1951 - 1952 : Fulbright professor, University of Paris, Paris, France, and University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
  • 1952 - 1953 : Visiting professor, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
  • 1954 - 1955 : Fulbright lecturer, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • 1957, 13 Aug.: Died

From the guide to the Joseph Warren Beach Papers, 1891-1955, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Joseph Warren Beach, B.A. (1900) University of Minnesota, M.A. (1902), Ph.D. (1907) Harvard University. Professor of English and chairman of the English Department at the University of Minnesota. Was an internationally recognized figure in the field of literary criticism.

Joseph Warren Beach (JWB) was born in Gloversville, New York on January 14, 1880. He was the son of Dr. Eugene Beach, a physician, and Sarah Jessup Warren Beach. His mother's sister, Elizabeth Warren Northrop was married to Cyrus Northrop who served as the second president of the University of Minnesota (1884-1911).

It was for this reason that Joseph Warren Beach enrolled in the University of Minnesota in 1896 and lived in the Northrop household, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1900. He also attended Harvard University where he obtained a Master of Arts degree in 1902 and a Ph.D. in 1907. He returned to the University of Minnesota in 1907 and joined the Department of English as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1917 and professor in 1924. He also served as chairman of the department from 1939 until his retirement in 1948. After he retired from the University, Beach taught at Harvard University (1949-1950), Illinois University (1950-1951), the Sorbonne, Paris, and the University of Strasbourg as a Fulbright Lecturer (1951-1952), Johns Hopkins (1952-1953), and the University of Vienna as a Fulbright Lecturer (1954-1955).

Beach was best known for introducing literary criticism into the study of literature. He was also interested in poetry and Twentieth Century fiction. Beach was the author of over 15 books, including Sonnets of the Head and Heart (1903), The Method of Henry James (1918), The Concept of Nature in Nineteenth Century English Poetry (1936), The Twentieth-Century Novel (1932), The Outlook for American Prose (1926), and American Fiction, 1920-1940 (1941). He died on August 13, 1957 at the age of 77.

In 1959, family and friends arranged for the Joseph Warren Beach Lecture Series at the University of Minnesota. Still offered by the Department of English, the Lecture Series hosts some of the most notable names in literary criticism.

Elizabeth Northrop, Cyrus Northrop's daughter, and Joseph Warren Beach were married in 1907. They had two sons, (Cyrus) Northrop and (J.D.) Warren Beach. Elizabeth Northrop Beach died in February 1918 of tuberculosis. On April 22, 1918, Joseph Warren Beach married Dagmar Doneghy. She died in 1966.

From the guide to the Joseph Warren Beach papers, 1900-1993, (University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives [uarc])

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Hanson, Kenneth O., 1922-2003. Kenneth O. Hanson collection, 1945-1979. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Klaeber, Fr. (Friedrich), 1863-1954. Frederick Klaeber papers, 1917, 1928-1956. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn James Gray papers, 1869-1967 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962. Papers, 1897-1930 Houghton Library
referencedIn Department of English records, 1908-2008 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
creatorOf Joseph Warren Beach Papers, 1891-1955 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989. Robert Penn Warren papers, 1906-1989. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Northrop family. Northrop family papers, 1836-1923. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Frederick Klaeber papers, 1917, 1928-1956 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Arthur Wheelock Upson papers, 1880-1945, 1953 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Foerster, Norman, 1887-1972. Norman Foerster papers, 1907-1965. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands (Newburgh, N.Y.). Town of New Windsor collection, 1752-1941. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Adamic, Louis, 1899-1951. Hopwood Awards Collection, 1930- University of Michigan
referencedIn Robert Penn Warren papers, 1906-1989 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Joseph Warren Beach papers, 1900-1993 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Furioso papers, 1938-1951 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Richards, Carmen Nelson. Carmen Nelson Richards papers, 1940-1961. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Furioso papers, 1938-1951. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Levin, Harry. Harry Levin Papers. 1920-1995. Houghton Library
referencedIn Yaddo records, 1870-1980 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Adamic, Louis, 1899-1951,. Letters to Alfred Kreymborg [manuscript], 1921-1956. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Beach, Joseph Warren, 1880-1957. Papers of Joseph Warren Beach, 1891-1955. Library of Congress
referencedIn David Ferdinand Swenson papers, 1912-1978 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Gray, James, 1899-. James Gray papers, <194-?>-<196-?> University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, 1932-2005 Houghton Library
referencedIn Amy Lowell correspondence, 1883-1927 (inclusive), 1910-1925 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Eastman, Max Forrester, 1883-1969. Eastman mss. 1892-1968 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Beach, Joseph Warren, 1880-1957. Collection, 1914-1960 <bulk 1914-1938> University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Beach, Joseph Warren, 1880-1957. Joseph Warren Beach papers 1900-1993. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Guy Stanton Ford papers, 1885-1965 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn University of Minnesota. Dept. of English. Department of English records, 1908-2008. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Stiles family. Stiles family papers, 1770-1851. New Jersey Historical Society Library
Role Title Holding Repository
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associatedWith Beach family. family
associatedWith Beach, John. person
correspondedWith Beach, Northrop, 1912-2002 person
correspondedWith Beach, Warren person
correspondedWith Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962 person
associatedWith Carlyle, Thomas, 1795-1881 person
correspondedWith Doneghy, Dagmar person
correspondedWith Early, Stephen T. (Stephen Tyree), 1889-1951 person
associatedWith Eastman, Max, 1883-1969 person
correspondedWith Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979 person
associatedWith Foerster, Norman, 1887-1972. person
associatedWith Ford, Guy Stanton. person
correspondedWith Frost, Robert, 1874-1963 person
associatedWith Gray, James, 1899- person
associatedWith Greenly, A. Howard. person
associatedWith Hanson, Kenneth O., 1922-2003. person
associatedWith Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928 person
associatedWith Hemingway, Ernest 1899-1961 person
associatedWith Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands (Newburgh, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith James, Henry, 1843-1916 person
correspondedWith Kittredge, George Lyman, 1860-1941 person
associatedWith Klaeber, Fr. (Friedrich), 1863-1954. person
associatedWith Levin, Harry, 1912-1994 person
correspondedWith Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925 person
associatedWith Meredith, George, 1828-1909 person
correspondedWith Monroe, Harriet, 1860-1936 person
correspondedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Northrop, Cyrus 1834-1922 person
associatedWith Northrop family. family
associatedWith Richards, Carmen Nelson. person
correspondedWith Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967 person
associatedWith Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822 person
associatedWith Stiles family. family
correspondedWith Stoll, Elmer Edgar, 1874-1959 person
associatedWith Swenson, David F. (David Ferdinand), 1876-1940 person
associatedWith University of Minnesota. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Minnesota. Dept. of English. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Minnesota. Dept. of English. corporateBody
associatedWith Upson, Arthur Wheelock, 1877-1908 person
correspondedWith Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989 person
correspondedWith Wilbur, Richard, 1921- person
associatedWith Wolfe, Thomas, 1900-1938 person
associatedWith Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850 person
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Birth 1880-01-14

Death 1957-08-13

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