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Roger Whitney Shattuck, American author, educator. Decorated Ordre Palmes Academiques (France).; Guggenheim fellow, 1958-1959; Fulbright research fellow, 1958-1959; American Council of Learned Societies research fellow, 1969-1970. Captain United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science; member Association Literary Scholars and Critics (president 1995-1996).


Shattuck, Roger Whitney was born on August 20, 1923 in New York City. Son of Howard Francis and Elizabeth (Colt) Shattuck.


Graduate, St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire, 1941. Bachelor, Yale University, 1947. DHC (honorary), University Orléans, France, 1990.

DHC (honorary), University of the South, 2003. DHC (honorary), St. Michael's College, Burlington, Vermont, 2003.


He left Yale to join the Army Air Corps, serving as a cargo pilot in the Pacific theater during the Second World War. After the war, he returned to school, graduating from Yale in 1947. Shattuck then moved to Paris where he worked for UNESCO's film service.

Returned to New York, Shattuck worked in publishing, and later taught at Harvard University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Virginia, and Boston University, despite his lack of a graduate degree. He retired as a professor emeritus from Boston University in 1997. Organizations He later served as president of the organization.

Works Academic philosophy Routinely described as "one of America's leading literary scholars," Shattuck was considered something of a traditionalist. He became well known for his 1994 speech "Nineteen Theses on Literature," delivered to the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics. In it he argued (as point XIV), "Everything has been said.

But nobody listens. Therefore it has to be said all over again—only better. In order to say it better, we have to know how it was said before." He incarnated his love for literature.".


  • In 1975, Shattuck received the National Book Award in category Arts and Letters for Marcel Proust (a split award).



Captain United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member Association Literary Scholars and Critics (president 1995-1996). M C.


Son of; married Nora Ewing White, August 20, 1949. Children– Tari Elizabeth, Marc Ewing, Patricia Colt, Eileen Shepard.

Howard Francis Son

Elizabeth (Colt) Son

Nora Ewing White

Tari Elizabeth Shattuck

Marc Ewing Shattuck

Patricia Colt Shattuck

Eileen Shepard Shattuck