|Birth: ||Feb. 19, 1902|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Apr. 1, 1950|
The noted American writer and critic Francis Otto Matthiessen, was a Californian by birth but grew up in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New York. He was a grandson of industrialist F.W. Matthiessen of LaSalle, Illinois.
A Rhodes scholar and a graduate of Yale and Harvard (PhD), Matthiessen later taught literature at both universities.
In the 1940s he became a tragic victim of the right-wing persecutions of McCarthyism; after his investigation for un-Americanism he took his own life at the age of 48.
He was an important force in the shaping of scholarly criticism of American literature. Matthiessen's American Renaissance: The Age of Emerson and Whitman (1941) is an important survey of American letters. During his brilliant career he produced books on Sarah Jewett (1929), Henry James (1944), and Theodore Dreiser (1951) and edited The Oxford Book of American Verse (1950).
He is buried with his mother, Lucy Orne Pratt.
Frederick William Matthiessen (1871 - 1948)
Lucy Orne Matthiessen (1866 - 1923)
Russell Cheney (1881 - 1945)*
Frederick William Matthiessen (1894 - 1968)*
George Dwight Matthiessen (1897 - 1964)*
Francis Otto Matthiessen (1902 - 1950)
Created by: John M Blow
Record added: Dec 20, 2002
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