Clarence Manning

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Clarence Augustus Manning (April 1, 1893 – October 4, 1972)[1][2] was a prominent U.S. Slavicist.[1] He worked for 43 years at the Columbia University in New York,[2] eventually being appointed chairman of the Department of Slavic Studies.[1] He published a number of studies on Slavic languages, countries and people, as well as translations of important Slavic works of literature, and was a pioneer in opening the field of study of Slavic peoples in the U.S. beyond the dominance of Russian studies of the times.[1]

Clarence received his bachelor's degree at the Columbia University in 1912 and master's in 1913.[2] During First World War, he worked in the intelligence police corps of the translation section of the Military Intelligence Division, having rank of sergeant.[2] In 1915 he received his PhD,[2] then became a lecturer in Slavic languages in 1917 and an instructor in 1921.[2]

In 1922, he became acting head of the department of Slavic languages in absence of John Dyneley Prince,[3] and later that year spent three months travelling through Eastern Europe, visiting Slavic countries and Greece.[4]

In 1924 he received the rank of assistant professor,[2] in 1935 became assistant professor of European languages,[2] and in 1947 assistant professor of Slavic languages.[2] In 1948, he received an honorary PhD from the Ukrainian Free University in Munich.[2] He was also a member of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (which today forms part of University College London), Shevchenko Scientific Society and Slavonic Institute of Prague.[2]

In 1952 he became associate professor of Slavic languages.[2] He retired in 1958,[2] but continued publishing until his death in 1972. He was married to Louise Marshall, and had one daughter, Alice Vail.[2]


  • A study of archaism in Euripides (1916)
  • Professionalism in Greek athletics (1917)
  • Dostoyevsky and Modern Russian Literature (1922)
  • An anthology of Czechoslovak poetry (1929)
  • Marko, The King's Son: Hero of The Serbs (1932)
  • Ivan Franko (1937)
  • Karel Čapek (1941)
  • Ukrainian Literature: Studies Of The Leading Authors (1944, reprinted in 1971)
  • Taras Shevchenko: Selected Poems (1945)
  • Soldier of Liberty, Casimir Pulaski (1945)
  • The Axis satellites and Greece, our ally (1946)
  • The History of Ukraine (1947)
  • Outline of Ukrainian History (1949, second edition 1964)
  • Spirit of Flame: Lesya Ukrainka (1950), editor
  • Twentieth Century Ukraine (1951)
  • The Siberian Fiasco (1952)
  • The Forgotten Republics (1952)
  • Russian Influence On Early America (1953)
  • The Rays of the Microcosm (1953)
  • Ukraine Under the Soviets (1953)
  • Bellerophon: N. J. Spyropoulos (1955)
  • A History of Slavic studies in the United States (1957)
  • Hetman of Ukraine: Ivan Mazeppa (1957)
  • The History Of Modern Bulgarian Literature (1960)
  • Ukraine: A Concise Encyclopedia (1963), contributor—Volodymyr Kubijovyc, editor


  1. ^ a b c d "Prof. Clarence Manning, 79, Dies". Svoboda, The Ukrainian Weekly. Jersey City, NJ: Ukrainian National Association. 1972-10-07. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Dr Manning Dies; Slavic Expert, 79". The New York Times. New York: The New York Times. 1972-10-06. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  3. ^ "Change in Alphabet Brings Out Police; Bulgarian Tempest Over Loss of a Letter". The New York Times. New York: The New York Times. 1922-02-27. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 
  4. ^ "Slavic Countries a Joy to Tourists". The New York Times. New York: The New York Times. 1922-09-26. Retrieved 2011-01-10.