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Stanley Burnshaw, American Writer. Recipient award for literature National Institute Arts and Letters, 1971; annual Stanley Burnshaw Lecturer in Poetics established in his name at University Texas, Austin, 1997, CUNY, 1998. Member American Institute Graphic Arts (director 1960-1961), College Publications Group; member emeritus Modern Language Association.


Burnshaw, Stanley was born on June 20, 1906 in New York City. Son of Ludwig Behr and Sophia (Kievmann) Burnshaw.


Bachelor, University Pittsburgh, 1925. Master of Arts, Cornell University, 1933. Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute Religion, 1983.

DL, City University of New York, 1996.


Advertising business, Pittsburgh, 1925-1927;Advertising business, New York City, 1928-1932;drama critic, co-editor, New Masses, New York City, 1933-1936;publications, The Cordon Company, Inc., New York City, 1936-1939;president, general manager, Dryden Press, Inc., New York City, 1939-1958;vice president, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Inc., New York City, 1958-1965;adviser to president, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Inc., 1965-1967;Regents lecturer, University of California, winter 1980;distinguished visiting Professor of English, U. Miami, 1989. Member organizing group, then lecturer, director studies in World literature Graduate Institute of Book Publishing, New York University, 1958-1962. Board judges National Book Award, 1967, 72.

Awards advising committee National Book Committee, since 1967. Member organizing board editors, then consultant editor Adult Leadership (magazine supported byFund for Adult Education, Ford Foundation), 1953-1955. Board directors National Translation Center, Columbia University.



Member American Institute Graphic Arts (director 1960-1961), College Publications Group. Member emeritus Modern Language Association.


Married Lydia Powsner (deceased). Children: Sandra Bonnie, Valerie, Amy, David.

Ludwig Behr Burnshaw

Sophia (Kievmann) Burnshaw

Lydia Powsner

Sandra Bonnie Burnshaw

Valerie Burnshaw

Amy Burnshaw

David Burnshaw