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Lawrance Roger Thompson

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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.


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.

Roger Everett Thompson

Lena (Keller) Thompson

Janet Arnold

Nathaniel Arnold Thompson

Eleanor Ann Thompson

Joel Thompson

Thomas Neal Thompson