Bachelor, Oberlin College, 1937. Master of Arts, Oberlin College, 1939. Doctor of Philosophy, Yale, 1948.
Doctor of Hebrew Literature, Southern Methodist University, 1988.
Perrine earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Laurence Perrine"s works include textbooks on the appreciation of poetry and fiction entitled Sound and Sense and Story and Structure, first published in 1956 and 1959 respectively. Both of these went through many editions during Perrine"s lifetime and are still in use in posthumously edited new editions. Sound and Sense was originally developed for use in his poetry class.
lieutenant became one of the most influential works in modern American education.
Many of the principles of both Sound and Sense and Story and Structure contributed to a secondary-level literature textbook co-edited by Perrine entitled Adventures in Appreciation (1st ed 1968), part of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich"s Adventures in Literature Program. Perrine was also the author of books of limericks.
Perrine was one of the founders of SMU"s Phi Beta Kappa chapter in 1949. Perrine retired in 1980 and was awarded an honorary doctorate by SMU in 1988.
She was active in Texas environmental politics, with a special interest in water planning.
When she died in 2006, she left a $3.3 million bequest to establish an endowed chair in English at SMU as well as a scholarship fund. In film, Sound and Sense was used as inspiration of a void introduction text in Dead Poets Society (1989).
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Served with Army of the United States, 1942-1946, European Theatre of Operations. Member Texas Institute Letters, National Council Teachers English (board directors 1962-1965), S. Central Modern Language Association (president 1970-1971), Texas Conference College Teachers English (president 1973-1974), Phi Beta Kappa. M C.
Married Catherine Lee Stockard, September 17, 1949. Children: David, Douglas.