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literary critic , poet , Master

John Thomas Irwin, American Humanities educator. Recipient John Gardner medal Rice U., 1970, Christian Gauss prize, 1994, Scaglione prize for comparative literature, 1994; Danforth fellow, 1962, Guggenheim fellow, 1991. Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1963-1966. Member Modern Language Association, Poe Studies Association (Vice-President 1995-1997), Faulkner Society, F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, Tudor and Stuart Club.


Irwin, John Thomas was born on April 24, 1940 in Houston, Texas, United States. Son of William Henry and Marguerite Harriet (Hunsaker) Irwin.


Bachelor, University St. Thomas, 1962. Master of Arts, Rice University. Doctor of Philosophy, Rice University, 1970.


He is the Decker Professor in the Humanities and Professor in The Writing Seminars and the English Department at Johns Hopkins University. Irwin received his Bachelor's Degree in English at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. He began his teaching career as an assistant professor in the English department at Johns Hopkins University in 1970, but left Johns Hopkins in 1974 to become the editor of The Georgia Review at the University of Georgia Dr. Irwin returned to Johns Hopkins to become professor and chair of The Writing Seminars department.

After that he accepted a joint appointment in the English department and received an endowed chair, the Decker Professorship in the Humanities, in 1984. F. T. (Ed), Words Brushed by Music: Twenty-Five Years of the Johns Hopkins Series (Johns Hopkins: and Fiction, Foreword by Anthony Hecht (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004). (as John Bricuth), As Long As It's Big: A Narrative Poem (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005).



Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1963-1966. Member of American Academy Arts and Sciences, Tudor and Stuart Club, F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, Faulkner Society, Poe Studies Association (vice president 1995-1997), Association Literature Scholars and Critics.


Married Laura Elizabeth Scott, September 23, 1978 (divorced 1991). Married Meme Amosso, May 29, 1993.

William Henry Irwin

Marguerite Harriet (Hunsaker) Irwin

Laura Elizabeth Scott

Meme Amosso