Daniel Aaron

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Daniel Aaron
Born (1912-08-04) August 4, 1912 (age 102)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S. [1]
Nationality American
Education BA, University of Michigan
PhD, Harvard University
Occupation Americanist, academic
Employer Harvard University
Title Victor S. Thomas Professor of English and American Literature Emeritus
Board member of
Library of America
Awards National Humanities Medal

Daniel Aaron (born August 4, 1912) is an American writer and academic who helped found the Library of America.[2]

Education[edit]

Aaron received a BA from the University of Michigan, and later went on to do graduate studies at Harvard University.[1] In 1937, Aaron became the first to graduate with a degree in "American Civilization" from Harvard University.[2]

Career[edit]

Writing[edit]

Aaron published his first scholarly paper in 1935, “Melville and the Missionaries.” He has written studies on the American Renaissance, the Civil War, and American progressive writers. His latest work is an autobiography, The Americanist (2007).[3] He edited the diaries of American poet Arthur Crew Inman (1895–1963): some 17 million words from 1919 to 1963.[4] He has written a number of articles for the New York Review of Books.[5]

Teaching[edit]

Aaron taught at Smith College for three decades and Harvard (1971-1983). He remains the Victor S. Thomas Professor of English and American Literature Emeritus at Harvard.[3] His son, Jonathan Aaron, is an accomplished poet who holds a doctorate from Yale University and teaches writing at Emerson College in Boston, MA.

Publishing[edit]

In 1979,[6] he helped found the Library of America, where he served as president to 1985 and board member and where remains an emeritus board member.[7][8]

Recognition[edit]

Aaron was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1973[9] and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1977.[10]

In 2010, he was a National Humanities Medalist,[8][11] whose citation reads:

Daniel Aaron: Literary scholar for his contributions to American literature and culture. As the founding president of the Library of America, he helped preserve our nation’s heritage by publishing America’s most significant writing in authoritative editions.[12][13]

Selected works[edit]

Writing[edit]

  • The Americanist (2007).[1]
  • American Notes: Selected Essays (1994).[14]
  • Cincinnati, Queen City of the West: 1819-1838 (1992)[14]
  • The Unwritten War: American Writers and the Civil War (1973)[14]
  • America in Crisis: Fourteen Crucial Episodes in American History (1971)[14]
  • Writers on the Left: Episodes in American Literary Communism (1961,[15] 1974 and 1992[14])
  • Men of Good Hope (1951)

Editing[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dirda, Michael "From scholar Daniel Aaron, the long view of civilization," The Washington Post May 6, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Cromie, William J., Ken Gewertz, Corydon Ireland, and Alvin Powell. "Honorary degrees awarded at Commencement’s Morning Exercises," Harvard Gazette. June 7, 2007.
  3. ^ a b "Scholars Venerable". Harvard Gazette. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Jaynes, Gregory (2 December 1985). "In Boston: Inside a Tortured Mind". Time Magazine. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Contributor: Daniel Aaron". New York Review of Books. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Board of Directors". Library of America. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "History and Mission". Library of America. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "2010 National Humanities Medalists". National Endowment for the Humanities. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Current Members". American Academy of Arts and Letters. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "National Humanities Medals Awarded". Harvard Gazette. March 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Winners of the National Humanities Medal and the Charles Frankel Prize". National Endowment for the Humanities. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "'The Americanist' Author Daniel Aaron Awarded National Humanities Medal". University of Michigan Press. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  14. ^ a b c d e "Books by Daniel Aaron". New York Review of Books. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Writers on the Left". Library of Congress. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 

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