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Frank Eric Wollencott Barnes

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Frank Eric Wollencott Barnes, American author, teacher. Recipient Bronze Star. Member Zeta Psi.; Club: Players (New York).


Barnes, Frank Eric Wollencott was born on May 7, 1907 in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. Son of William Gustavus and Louisa (Burnett) Barnes.


Student of University of California, 1925-1926. Diplome d’Etudes superieures, University of Paris, 1931, the Doctor of Letters, University of Paris, 1940. Diplome Ecole des Sciences Politiques, 1930.


American teaching fellow, Sorbonne, 1926-1929. Entered United States Foreign Service, 1930. V. consul, Bucharest, transferred to Sofia, Bulgaria, 1931, resigned, 1932.

Returned to University of Paris as instructor, 1932. Came to the United States, 1933, and appeared in numerous New York productions under name of Eric Wollencott. Instructor English, Russell Sage College, 1938-1939, assistant professor, 1939-1940, associate professor 1940-1942.

Appointed department chairman, 1940, professor, 1945. Professor of English and head of department, Dickinson College, 1946-1953. Civilian consultant to Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1942.

Military Intelligence officer, O.S.S., Armed Forces Headquarters (Algiers) 1942-1944. Director Amerika Institute, professor American literature Free U. Berlin, 1951-1954. Teacher at Loomis School, since 1957.


  • Author: L’Esthetique de Henry James, 1940. The Lady of Fashion, 1954 (public in England under title Anna Cora). The Man Who Lived Twice, 1956 (public in England under title The High Room).

    The War Between The States, 1959. Free Men Must Stand, 1962. Contributor articles in periodicals.


Member Zeta Psi.; Club: Players (New York).


Married Margaret Ingalls Marvin, March 29, 1941. Children: Eric Marvin, Charles Taylor.

William Gustavus Barnes

Louisa (Burnett) Barnes

Margaret Ingalls Marvin

Eric Marvin Barnes

Charles Taylor Barnes