R.P. Blackmur (21 January, 1904 – 2 February, 1965) was one of America’s foremost critics of literature, and a distinguished professor in Princeton University.
- Richard Palmer Blackmur was born in Springfield, MA.
- After graduating form the Cambridge, Massachusetts, High and Latin School, Mr. Blackmur worked in a book store and sat in on lectures at Harvard.
- According to his friend and fellow critic Leon Edel, Mr. Blackmur attended “the school of his own bold intelligence.”
- As managing editor and regular contributor of The Hound & Horn, a literary quarterly magazine, Mr. Blackmur was partly responsible for making the publication an early and influential little magazine.
- In 1935 Mr. Blackmur published The Double Agent, his first volume of criticism.
- His literary reputation was not only based on criticism, but also on the poetry Mr. Blackmur wrote.
- Mr. Blackmur started teaching creative writing and then English literature at Princeton University in 1940. He would be there for the next 25 years.
- Even though he was a professor in Princeton, he never held an academic degree.
- Mr. Blackmur founded Princeton’s Christian Gauss Seminars in Criticism. Christian Gauss was his friend, and a fellow critic.
- He was the first author to receive the Pitt Professorship of American History and Institutions at Cambridge University, as well as Princeton’s first Hodder Fellow.
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