Neumeyer, Peter F., 1929-

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Peter F. Neumeyer was born in Germany in 1929. Fleeing the Nazis, he and his family emigrated to the United States in 1936. After receiving his undergraduate degree, master’s degree, and doctorate (in 1963) in English at UC Berkeley, Neumeyer taught at Harvard University until 1969. It was there that Neumeyer taught one of the first literary courses on children's books in North America. Besides Harvard, Neumeyer has taught at State University of New York (Stony Brook) and West Virginia University. He has taught summer courses on children’s literature at Columbia University. Additionally, Neumeyer has lectured and taught in Sweden and Finland on that subject.

Neumeyer came to San Diego State University in 1978 and retired in 1993. At SDSU, Neumeyer developed in the English Department what has become the largest Children's Literature program in North America. Neumeyer has published extensively on children's literature topics, especially E.B. White, including The Annotated Charlotte's Web . Other authors that Neumeyer has written about include Franz Kafka, Tove Jansson, Richard Kennedy, and Randall Jerrell.

In addition to his work at the university, Neumeyer collaborated with illustrator and friend Edward Gorey on three books, the Donald and the… series. He was also a poet, and published numerous poems in literary journals. After retirement from SDSU, Neumeyer was a prolific reviewer of children's books for various publications including Prodigy, Mothering Magazine, Parent's Choice, San Diego Home and Garden, and the Los Angeles Times . In 2005, he received the Children's Literature Association's Anne Deveraux Jordan Award for his contributions to the field.

From the guide to the Peter F. Neumeyer Papers, 1947-2004, 1970-1999, (Special Collections & University Archives)

Peter Florian Neumeyer was born August 4, 1929 in Munich, Germany. His family feld the Nazi's and arrived in the US in 1936. He worked various odd jobs while attending the University of California at Berkley where he received his B.A., M.A. and PhD. His first book, which was never published, was a simple children's book for his son Christopher who had fallen and broken his leg.

Peter Neumeyer taught for several years at Harvard University and San Diego University where he developed a large children's literature collection. He is now retired but continues to write reviews for newspapers and children's literature publications.

From the guide to the Peter F. Neumeyer Papers, 1994, (University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc])

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creatorOf Peter F. Neumeyer Papers, 1947-2004, 1970-1999 Special Collections & University Archives
creatorOf Neumeyer, Peter F., 1929-. [Draft text for Donald and the ... / [by Peter Neumeyer]. San Diego State University Library, SDSU Library and Information Access
creatorOf Peter F. Neumeyer Papers, 1994 University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc]
referencedIn Dorson mss., 1925-1981 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Dickey, James. Letters, 1970-1972 to Peter F. Neumeyer. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, 1932-2005 Houghton Library
creatorOf Neumeyer, Peter F., 1929-. Why we have day and night : [editing notes] / [by Peter Neumeyer and Edward Gorey]. San Diego State University Library, SDSU Library and Information Access
creatorOf Gorey, Edward, 1925-2000. [Original art work for Donald has a difficulty] [art original] / [Edward Gorey]. [1970?] San Diego State University Library, SDSU Library and Information Access
creatorOf Neumeyer, Peter F., 1929-. Why we have day and night / Peter F. Neumeyer, Edward Gorey. San Diego State University Library, SDSU Library and Information Access
creatorOf Peter F. Neumeyer papers, 1947-2004 bulk 1970-1979. San Diego State University Library, SDSU Library and Information Access
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, 1932-2005 Houghton Library
creatorOf Neumeyer, Peter F., 1929-. Why we have day and night : [corrected typescript] / [Peter Neumeyer and Edward Gorey]. San Diego State University Library, SDSU Library and Information Access
creatorOf Neumeyer, Peter F., 1929-. Why we have day and night / Peter F. Neumeyer, Edward Gorey. San Diego State University Library, SDSU Library and Information Access
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correspondedWith Dickey, James. person
associatedWith Dorson, Richard Mercer, 1916-1981 person
associatedWith Gorey, Edward, 1925-2000. person
associatedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith White, E. B. (Elwyn Brooks), 1899-1985 person
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