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Richard (Willard) Armour

educator , writer

Richard Armour was an American poet and author who wrote over sixty-five books.

Background

Armour was born in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California.

Education

He attended Pomona College and Harvard University, where he studied with the eminent Shakespearean scholar George Lyman Kittredge and obtained a Ph.D. in English philology. He eventually became Professor of English at Scripps College and the Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California.

Career

In his early career he focused on serious literature, publishing (in 1935) a biography of the lesser English poet Bryan Waller Procter and in 1940, co-editing (with Raymond F. Howes) a series of observations by contemporaries about Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Coleridge the Talker. Virginia Woolf cited this work in an essay stating, "Two pious American editors have collected the comments of this various company , and they are, of course, various. Yet it is the only way of getting at the truth—to have it broken into many splinters by many mirrors and so select."

Achievements

  • Modern Language Association American; American Association University Professors; California Writers Guild; P.E.N.; Phi Beta Kappa.

Works

  • "To man, gloomily" The New Yorker 25/46

Membership

  • Modern Language Association American

  • American Association University Professors

  • California Writers Guild

  • P.E.N.

  • Phi Beta Kappa.

Interests

  • Sport & Clubs

    playing tennis without a net.

Connections

father:
Harry

mother:
Sue

Wife:
Kathleen Fauntleroy Stevens

married on December 25, 1932

Son:
Geoffrey Stevens

Daughter:
Karin Elizabeth