Charles Roberts Anderson papers, 1806-1993 and undated
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- Anderson, Charles Roberts, 1902-1999
- Author and professor of American literature at Duke University and Johns Hopkins University. The Charles Roberts Anderson Papers span the dates 1806-1993 and document his active career as professor of American literature at Duke University and Johns Hopkins University. Included are research materials on the intellectual life of Charleston, S.C., and on American literary figures such as Paul Hamilton Hayne, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, Sidney Lanier (to whom Anderson was related), Herman Melville, Henry David Thoreau, and others. Additional material includes correspondence and files on Anderson's publications; lectures and files related to teaching; travel diaries and keepsakes; and other papers related to his family history and academic career. Copies of correspondence and other documents by Anderson's research subjects, particularly Hayne, detail elements of life in the South in the nineteenth century. In addition, material in this collection chronicles the academic life of Anderson and provides insight into the state of literary scholarship and publishing in the mid-twentieth century. Early dates usually reflect the dates of the content of original material photocopied by Anderson in the course of his research. Acquired as part of the Jay B. Hubbell Center for American Literary Historiography.
- 15.9 Linear Feet
Approximately 10,200 Items
- Material in English
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The Charles Roberts Anderson Papers span the dates 1806-1993 and document the active literary career of Anderson, who was professor of American literature at Duke University and Johns Hopkins University and a reknowned international lecturer. Included are research materials on Paul Hamilton Hayne and other Southern literary figures. Also contains writings and research files on the subjects of Anderson's books and edited volumes, especially Emily Dickinson, Henry James, Sidney Lanier (to whom Anderson was related), Herman Melville, Henry David Thoreau, and other American literary figures, including Walt Whitman, William Faulkner, and Mark Twain. Additional material includes files on his research and publications on the intellectual life of Charleston, S.C.; correspondence and files on other publications; lectures and files related to teaching, including two audiotapes of Anderson's lectures on Dickinson; travel journals, keepsakes, and two films on Charleston, S.C. and Stratford, England; and other papers related to the Anderson family history and his academic career. Copies of correspondence and other documents by Anderson's research subjects, particularly Hayne, detail social conditions and life in the South in the nineteenth century. In addition, material in this collection chronicles the academic life of Anderson and provides insights into the state of American literary scholarship and publishing in the mid-twentieth century. Early dates usually reflect original material photocopied by Anderson in the course of his research. Acquired as part of the Jay B. Hubbell Center for American Literary Historiography.
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Chronology Date Event 1902 Charles Roberts Anderson born in Macon, Georgia 1930 Joined faculty of the English Department at Duke University 1936 Received doctorate from Columbia University; thesis was on Herman Melville's naval career 1939 Published Melville in the South Seas 1941 Appointed to faculty of Johns Hopkins University, in part to serve as general editor of the centennial edition of the collected works of Sydney Lanier, published in 1946 1949-1970s Became sought-after as an international lecturer on American literature, traveling to Heidelberg University (1949), the University of Rome (1952-1953), Japan (1954), and the University of Torino (1960); during the 1960s and 1970s the U.S. Department of State engaged him for a lecture tour of Japan, Southeast Asia, the Balkans, and other countries 1960 Published Emily Dickinson's Poetry: Stairway of Surprise, which received the Christian Gauss Book Award from Phi Beta Kappa in 1962 1965 Edited the two-volume anthology, American Literary Masters 1968 Publication of The Magic Circle of Walden 1976 Memorial to Henry James unveiled at Westminster Abbey 1977 Published Person, Place, and Thing in Henry James's Novels, for which he won a second Christian Gauss award 1999 Died in Charleston, S.C.
- Acquisition information:
- The Charles Roberts Anderson Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as gifts in December 1984, January 1986, and May 2000.
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Processed by Christian Ferney, April 2009
Encoded by Christian Ferney, April 2009
Accessions from 1985, 1986, and 2000-0261 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.
Arranged into the following series: Henry James Memorial Series; Personal Files; Teaching; Travel; Writings and Research; and Oversize Material.
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- Travel -- Diaries
Authors and publishers -- United States -- Correspondence
American literature -- Study and teaching
American literature -- Southen States -- History and criticism
- Jay B. Hubbell Center for American Literary Historiography
Duke University -- Faculty
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
Lanier, Sidney, 1842-1881
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891
Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862
Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886
Anderson, Charles Roberts, 1902-1999
Anderson, Charles Roberts, 1902-1999
James, Henry, 1843-1916
Hayne, Paul Hamilton, 1830-1886
Faulkner, William, 1897-1962
- Charleston (S.C.) in film
Charleston (S.C.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
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