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Lawrance Roger Thompson

Lawrance Roger Thompson, American educator, author. Decorated Legion of Merit; recipient Citation for Distinguished service as teacher, scholar, author, Wesleyan University, 1958. Served from Lieutenant (junior grade) to lieutenant commander, United States Navy Reserve, 1942-1946.


  • Thompson, Lawrance Roger was born on April 3, 1906 in Franklin, New Hampshire, United States. Son of Roger Everett and Lena (Keller) Thompson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1928. Doctor of Philosophy., Columbia, 1939.


    • Instructor English, Wesleyan University, 1934-1935. Instructor English and comparative literature Columbia Graduate School, 1935-1936, research fellow, 1936-1937. Curator rare books Princeton University Library, 1937-1942, editor-in-chief Library Chronicle, 1938-1942.

      Guggenheim fellow, 1946-1947. Associate Professor of English, Princeton, 1947-1951, professor, 1951-1973, Holmes professor Belles-lettres, 1968-1973. Ford Foundation fellow, 1953-1954.

      Guest lecturer Salzburg (Austria) Seminar in American Studies universities Ljubljana, Zagreb and Belgrade, Yugoslavia, U. Oslo, Norway, Hebrew Jerusalem, Israel. Trustee Princeton University Press, 1955-1960, chairman editorial board, 1959-1960.


    • Author: Robert Frost: A Chronological Survey of His Work, 1933. Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Catalogue of An Exhibition (with H. Bacon Collamore), 1935. Young Longfellow, 1939.

      Fire and Ice: The Art and Thought of Robert Frost, 1942. The Navy Hunts the CGR 3070, 1944. Melville’s Quarrel with God., 1952.

      A Comic Principle in Sterne, Meredith, Joyce, 1954. Robert Frost: A Critical Study, 1959. William Faulkner: An Introduction and Interpretation, 1963.

      Robert Frost
    • The Early Years (Melville Cane award 1967), 1966. Robert Frost: The Years of Triumph, 1970 (Pulitzer prize in biography 1971). Editor: Tilbury Town.

      Selected Poems of Edwin Arlington Robinson, 1954. Selected Letters of Robert Frost, 1964. (with Edward Connery Lathem) Robert Frost, Farm-Poultryman, 1963, Robert Frost and the Lawrence, Massachusetts, High School Bulletin, 1966.

      (with Benton Spruance) Moby Dick: The Passion of Ahab, 1968. (with Arnold Grade) New Hampshire’s Child: The Derry Journals of Lesley Frost, 1969.


    Served from Lieutenant (junior grade) to lieutenant commander, United States Navy Reserve, 1942-1946.


    • Married Janet Arnold, January 9, 1945. Children: Nathaniel Arnold, Eleanor Ann, Joel, Thomas Neal.
    • father: Roger Everett Thompson
    • mother: Lena (Keller) Thompson
    • spouse: Janet Arnold
    • children: Nathaniel Arnold Thompson
    • Eleanor Ann Thompson
    • Joel Thompson
    • Thomas Neal Thompson
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    Died April 16, 1973
    (aged 67)