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Richard (Willard) Armour

Richard Armour was an American poet and author who wrote over sixty-five books.


  • Armour was born in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California.

  • Education

    • He attended Pomona College and Harvard University, where he studied with the eminent Shakespearean scholar George Lyman Kittredge and obtained a Ph.D. in English philology. He eventually became Professor of English at Scripps College and the Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California.


    • In his early career he focused on serious literature, publishing (in 1935) a biography of the lesser English poet Bryan Waller Procter and in 1940, co-editing (with Raymond F. Howes) a series of observations by contemporaries about Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Coleridge the Talker. Virginia Woolf cited this work in an essay stating, "Two pious American editors have collected the comments of this various company , and they are, of course, various. Yet it is the only way of getting at the truth—to have it broken into many splinters by many mirrors and so select."

    Major achievements

    • Modern Language Association American; American Association University Professors; California Writers Guild; P.E.N.; Phi Beta Kappa.


    • "To man, gloomily" The New Yorker 25/46



    • Modern Language Association American

    • American Association University Professors

    • California Writers Guild

    • P.E.N.

    • Phi Beta Kappa.



    Sport & Clubs: playing tennis without a net.


    • father: Harry
    • mother: Sue
    • Wife: Kathleen Fauntleroy Stevens
      married on December 25, 1932
    • Son: Geoffrey Stevens
    • Daughter: Karin Elizabeth
    Richard (Willard) Armour
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    Born July 15, 1906
    Died February 28, 1989
    (aged 82)
    • 1927
      Pomona College
    • 1989
      Dexter Scholar, (research fellow) from Harvard at John Forster Library, 1931
      London, Mpumalanga, South Africa
    • 1989
      dean of faculty Scripps College
    • 1989
      Balch lecturer, in English literature
    • 1989
      dean and professor, emeritus
    • 1928 - 1929
      Instructor, in English University Texas
    • 1930 - 1931
      Instructor, in English University Texas
    • 1932 - 1933
      professor, division of modern languages College of the Ozarks
    • 1932 - 1933
      head, division of modern languages College of the Ozarks
    • 1933 - 1934
      American lecturer, University Freiburg
    • 1934 - 1945
      assistant, and professor English Wells College
    • 1934 - 1945
      associate professor, and professor English Wells College
    • 1945 - 1963
      professor, English Scripps College and Claremont Graduate School
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