Curtis Hidden Page

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Curtis Hidden Page.

Curtis Hidden Page (April 4, 1870[1]-December 13, 1946[2]) was a United States educator and writer.


He was born in Greenwood, Missouri. He graduated from Harvard University, where in 1890 he became the first recipient of the George B. Sohier Prize for literature. He held teaching positions in French and English at Harvard University (1893–1908), Columbia University (1908–1909), Northwestern University (professor of English literature, 1909–1911), and Dartmouth College (professor of English literature, 1911–1946).[3]

Page was elected to the New Hampshire state legislature in 1933 and again in 1939.[3]

Compiler of anthologies of verse such as British Poets of the Nineteenth Century and The Chief American Poets,[1] Page also published verses, essays, and stories in numerous periodicals. In 1906, writing of his activities to his fellow Harvard alumni, he stated: "I have two volumes of verse nearly ready, but find little time to give to completing them and doubt if they will be published until after I am dead!"[4]

Page also translated many French works, including A Voyage to the Moon, by Cyrano de Bergerac and The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife by Anatole France. He published a well-regarded[5] translation of eight plays by Molière in 1908; of these, Tartuffe, or the Hypocrite is available online from Project Gutenberg.


  1. ^ a b John W. Leonard, ed., "Who's Who in New York City and State," 3rd ed., NY: L.R. Hamersly, 1907, p. 1008. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  2. ^ Date from New York Times obituary "DR. CURTIS H. PAGE; Retired Professor of English at Dartmouth..." published Dec. 13, 1946.
  3. ^ a b ""Curtis Hidden Page: An Inventory of His Papers in the Manuscript Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center" (University of Texas at Austin)". Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  4. ^ "Harvard College, Class of 1891, Secretary's Report, Vol. IV," Printed for the Use of the Class, 1906, p. 168. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  5. ^ Donald M. Frame in the introduction to his own Molière translation writes: "Curtis Hidden Page has translated eight well-chosen plays (Putnam, 1908, 2 vols.) which include three verse comedies done into unrhymed verse. Though it sometimes lacks sparkle, his version is always intelligent and responsible." (--Donald M. Frame, trans., Tartuffe and Other Plays by Molière, NY: Signet, 1967, ISBN 0-451-53033-0, p. xiii.)

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