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Richard Armour
Birth: Jul. 15, 1906
San Pedro
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: Feb. 28, 1989
Claremont
Los Angeles County
California, USA


Author, Poet. He is best remembered as a writer of whimsical humor and satirical verse, using "wordplay" to his advantage in an effort to take the dullness out of studying and make learning enjoyable. He wrote more than 60 books, mostly with free verse and in a style that parodies dull academic tones, with many footnotes, fake bibliographies, quiz sections, and glossaries. Born Richard Willard Armour in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, his father was a druggist. After high school he attended Pomona College, Pomona, California and Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, graduating with a Doctorate Degree in English Philosophy. In his early writing career he focused on serious literature, with a biography on English poet Bryan Waller Procter in 1935 and co-editing a series of observations by contemporaries about English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1940. When World War II broke out, he joined the US Army and became an antiaircraft artillery officer and was awarded a Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster. Upon completion of his combat tour, he was assigned to the general staff at the War Department in Washington DC, rising to the rank of colonel. After the war he became a professor of English at Scripps College in Claremont, California from 1945 to 1966. An authority on Chaucer and the English Romantic poets, he also lectured at high school and college campuses around the world, attracting his most loyal readers. His satirical books, such as "It All Started with Columbus" (1955), "It All Started with Europa" (1955), "It all Started with Eve" (1956), "It All Started with Marx" (1956), "Twisted Tales from Shakespeare" (1957), and "It All Started with Stones and Clubs" (1967), were filled with puns and plays on words that gave the reader the impression of someone who had not been attentive in class, thereby getting basic facts incorrectly, all to humorous effect. In 1959 he wrote his autobiography "Drug Store Days," based on his childhood experiences. In the mid-1970s he also wrote a number of children's books, including "The Adventures of Egbert the Easter Egg," "Animals on the Ceiling," "A Dozen Dinosaurs," "Odd Old Animals," "Sea Full of Whales," "Who's in Holes," and "The Year Santa Went Modern." In addition to his books, he contributed to more than 200 magazines in the US and England, ranging from the New Yorker to the Saturday Evening Post. He died at a convalescent home in Claremont, California of Parkinson's disease. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
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  Kathleen Fauntleroy Stevens Armour (1905 - 2007)*
 
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Burial:
Pomona Cemetery and Mausoleum
Pomona
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Vandergrift, Armour, Pelton Crypt
 
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Record added: Oct 15, 2006
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- Old Coot
 Added: May. 22, 2014
Thank you for your great books and poetry. My 11th-grade English Literature book featured some of your poetry, one of which I still remember:If you convinced meand I convinced you,would we still not havetwo points of view?May you rest in peace.
- William Bjornstad
 Added: Mar. 20, 2013
LOVE your books. They have always given me such pleasure.
- CatMoves
 Added: May. 17, 2011
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