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Francis Rarick Johnson

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Francis Rarick Johnson, American university professor.


Johnson, Francis Rarick was born on August 14, 1901 in Otoe, Oklahoma, United States. Son of Herbert Henry and Edith (Rarick) Johnson.


Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy 1923. Honours Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts, Oxford (Rhodes Scholar, 1925-1927. 1932), 1932; Huntington Library research fellow, San Marino, California, 1933-1935.

Doctor of Philisophy, Johns Hopkins, 1935. Guggenheim fellow at various libraries, 1942-1943, in England, 1949-1950.


1 d., Elizabeth (Mistress Gerald Scott). Commissioned Second lieutenant, Army of the United States, 1923. and advanced to First lieutenant, 1927, served in Corps of Engineers, 1923-1929. Instructor in English, Stanford, 1935-1938, assistant professor, 1938-1944, associate professor, 1944-1949, professor since 1949.

Visiting professor University of California, 1939, Claremont College, 1948.


  • Author: A Critical Bibliography of the Works of Edmund Spenser, 1933. Astronomical Thought in Renaissance England, 1937. Several other books including: (in collaboration) Prose of the English Renaissance, 1952.

    Tudor Poetry and Prose, 1953. Editor: Richard Rainolde’s, “A Booke called the Foundation of Rhetorike,” 1945. The Humanities Chart their Course, 1945.

    The Library of John. Lord Lumley—The Catalogue of 1609 (with Sears R. Jayne), 1956.


Member American Association University professors Modern Language Association of America, History of Science Society (executive council 1947-1949, 54-56, associate editor Isis since 1946), Bibliographical Society London, National Council Teachers of English, Modern Humanities Research Association, Bibliographical Society of America, Philological Association of Pacific Coast, College English Teachers of San Francisco Bay Area (president 1946-1947). Clubs: Commonwealth. Roxburghe (San Francisco).; Member editorial board Journal of the History of Ideas. since 1949. and others.


Married Ruth Duvall Miller, June 3, 1930.

Herbert Henry Johnson

Edith (Rarick) Johnson

Ruth Duvall Miller