Donald Alfred Stauffer

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Donald Alfred Stauffer
Born (1902-07-04)4 July 1902
Colorado, USA
Died 8 August 1952(1952-08-08) (aged 50)
Oxford, England
Occupation Literary critic
Nationality American
Education Princeton University, A.B. (1923), A.M. (1924)
Merton College, Oxford, D.Phil (1928)

Donald Alfred Stauffer (4 July 1902 - 8 August 1952) was an American literary critic, novelist and Professor of English who spent the majority of his career at Princeton University.


Stauffer studied at Princeton University where he completed his A.B. degree in 1923 and A.M. degree in 1924.[1] He received both a Guggenheim Fellowship and Rhodes Scholarship to Merton College, Oxford where he completed his D.Phil degree in 1928.[2] After completing his doctorate he returned to Princeton, where he spent most of his career as Professor of English and English Department Chairman.[2]

He held the Eastman Professorship at the University of Oxford from 1951-52.[2][3] He unexpectedly died in Oxford in August 1952, aged 50.[2]

His books included English Biography Before 1700 (Harvard, 1930).[4] and 'The Nature of Poetry (Norton, 1946).[5]


  • English Biography Before 1700 (1930)
  • The Art of Biography in 18th Century England (1941)
  • The Intent of the Critic (1941)
  • Brother, This Is War (1945)
  • The Nature of Poetry (1946)
  • The Saint and the Hunchback (1946)


  1. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation - Bio". Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d Levens, R.G.C., ed. (1964). Merton College Register 1900-1964. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. p. 170. 
  3. ^ "The Eastman Professorship". Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  4. ^ "English Biography Before 1700". Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  5. ^ "The Nature of Poetry". Retrieved 2014-03-25.