Stewart, George R., 1895-1980

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American writer, professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

From the description of George Rippey Stewart papers, 1914-1984. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 84641753

From the description of George Rippey Stewart papers : additions, 1750-1985. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 84653238

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George Rippey Stewart, writer and academician, was born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, on May 31, 1895, the son of George Rippey and Ella Wilson Stewart. The family moved to Pasadena, California, when Stewart was 12. After graduation from high school, Stewart went to Princeton, receiving his A. B. in 1917. From 1917 to 1919 he served in the U. S. Army. In 1920 Stewart obtained his M. A. in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley, and in 1922 he was awarded a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University.

While teaching for a year at the University of Michigan, Stewart met and married Theodosia Burton, daughter of the president of the University. Upon returning to Berkeley in 1923, he joined the faculty of the English Department of the University of California, where he remained until his retirement as Professor Emeritus in 1962. Stewart served as a visiting professor at several universities, including a year as Fulbright Professor of American Literature and Civilization at the University of Athens, 1952-1953.

Stewart's first important work was a biography of Bret Harte (1931). Other non-fiction works include: Ordeal by Hunger, a study of the Donner Party (1936); Names on the Land (1945); Man, an Autobiography (1946); U.S. 40 (1953); American Ways of Life (1954); N. A. 1 (1957); Pickett's Charge (1959); The California Trail (1963); American Place Names (1970); Names on the Globe (1975); and American Place Names (1979). He also wrote several non-fiction books for juvenile readers.

Stewart's first novel was East of the Giants (1938). Other fiction works include: Doctor's Oral (1939); Storm (1941); Fire (1948); Earth Abides (1949); Sheep Rock (1951); and Years of the City (1955).

That Stewart was a man of many interests is reflected in his prolific writings, which comprise both published and unpublished fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama, and include such diverse subjects as history, ecology, onomatology, meteorology, and science fiction. His advocacy of academic freedom involved him in political controversy and provided material for a book, Year of the Oath (1950). Both his fiction and non-fiction works have been awarded prizes, among them medals from the Commonwealth Club of California for Ordeal by Hunger and East of the Giants, the International Fantasy Award for Earth Abides, and the Hillman Award for Not so Rich as You Think .

Several of his works have appeared in foreign language editions. Stewart also published a children's book, To California by Covered Wagon (1954), and wrote numerous articles and reviews for scholarly as well as general interest publications.

After his retirement from the University of California, Stewart continued to write and publish. Though in his last years he suffered from Parkinson's disease, Stewart continued working on various literary projects until the time of his death on August 22, 1980.

From the guide to the George Rippey Stewart papers: additions, 1750-1984, (The Bancroft Library)

Biographical Information

George Rippey Stewart, writer and academician, was born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, on May 31, 1895, the son of George Rippey and Ella Wilson Stewart. The family moved to Pasadena, California, when Stewart was 12. After graduation from high school, Stewart went to Princeton, receiving his A. B. in 1917. From 1917 to 1919 he served in the U. S. Army. In 1920 Stewart obtained his M. A. in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley, and in 1922 he was awarded a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University.

While teaching for a year at the University of Michigan, Stewart met and married Theodosia Burton, daughter of the president of the University. Upon returning to Berkeley in 1923, he joined the faculty of the English Department of the University of California, where he remained until his retirement as Professor Emeritus in 1962. Stewart served as a visiting professor at several universities, including a year as Fulbright Professor of American Literature and Civilization at the University of Athens, 1952-1953.

Stewart's first important work was a biography of Bret Harte (1931). Other non-fiction works include: Ordeal by Hunger, a study of the Donner Party (1936); Names on the Land (1945); Man, an Autobiography (1946); U.S. 40 (1953); American Ways of Life (1954); N. A. 1 (1957); Pickett's Charge (1959); The California Trail (1963); American Place Names (1970); Names on the Globe (1975); and American Place Names (1979). He also wrote several non-fiction books for juvenile readers.

Stewart's first novel was East of the Giants (1938). Other fiction works include: Doctor's Oral (1939); Storm (1941); Fire (1948); Earth Abides (1949); Sheep Rock (1951); and Years of the City (1955).

That Stewart was a man of many interests is reflected in his prolific writings, which comprise both published and unpublished fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama, and include such diverse subjects as history, ecology, onomatology, meteorology, and science fiction. His advocacy of academic freedom involved him in political controversy and provided material for a book, Year of the Oath (1950). Both his fiction and non-fiction works have been awarded prizes, among them medals from the Commonwealth Club of California for Ordeal by Hunger and East of the Giants, the International Fantasy Award for Earth Abides, and the Hillman Award for Not so Rich as You Think.

Several of his works have appeared in foreign language editions. Stewart also published a children's book, To California by Covered Wagon (1954), and wrote numerous articles and reviews for scholarly as well as general interest publications.

After his retirement from the University of California, Stewart continued to write and publish. Though in his last years he suffered from Parkinson's disease, Stewart continued working on various literary projects until the time of his death on August 22, 1980.

From the guide to the George Rippey Stewart papers, 1914-1984, (The Bancroft Library)

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referencedIn Ghodes, Clarence Louis Frank, 1901-. Clarence Louis Frank Ghodes papers, 1889-1952 (bulk 1935-1952). Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
creatorOf Webb, Elisabeth Holden. Letter to George R. Stewart : typescript, ca.1928. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Lehman, B. H. (Benjamin Harrison), 1889-1977. Benjamin H. Lehman papers, 1908-1978. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Powell, Mary Bennion. Experiences as a member of a polygamous family in Utah after the "Manifesto" of 1890 : Murray, Utah : ms. S, 1952-1953. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Benjamin H. Lehman Papers Bancroft Library
referencedIn Derby, George Horatio, 1823-1861. George Horatio Derby papers, 1846-1870. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf George Rippey Stewart papers: additions, 1750-1984 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Portrait photographs of George Rippey Stewart and Benjamin Ide Wheeler [graphic]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Stewart, George Rippey, 1895-1980. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1945. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Stewart, George Rippey, 1895-1980. George Rippey Stewart papers : additions, 1750-1985. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Portraits of University of California individuals and groups, ca. 1850-[ongoing] The Bancroft Library. University Archives.
referencedIn Duckett, Margaret, 1906-. Papers of Margaret Duckett [manuscript], 1964-1965. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Donald and Katharine Foley Collection of Penguin Books, 1935-1965 Bancroft Library
creatorOf George Rippey Stewart papers, 1914-1984 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Clarence Louis Frank Gohdes Papers, and undated, bulk, 1811-1990s, 1905-1981 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Inter-American Highway. Papers relating to Inter-American Highway, ca. 1929-1955. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Carpenter, Kenneth J. Papers, 1965-1975. University of Nevada, Reno, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence, 1881-1981 (inclusive), 1940-1979 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Stewart, George Rippey, 1895-1980. George Rippey Stewart papers, 1914-1984. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Stewart, George Rippey, 1895-1980,. Bibliography of reviews of books by California authors, [193-?]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Catalogue I of the Regional Oral History Office, 1954-1979 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Carpenter, Frederic Ives, 1903-1991. Frederic Ives Carpenter papers, 1923-1984, n.d. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Armchair Strategists Society. Armchair Strategists Society records, [ca.1941-1946]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn John Steinbeck Collection, 1934-1964 University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
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Birth 1895-05-31

Death 1980-08-22

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