Durant da Ponte

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Durant da Ponte (7 July 1918 – 1964) was a professor of American literature at the University of Tennessee. He was one of the founders of the Kentucky-Tennessee American Studies Association. Graduate students there can receive the Durant da Ponte American Literature Fellowship, which was founded in his memory.

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Durant da Ponte was born on July 7, 1918 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Harry Graham da Ponte II and Julia Pratt. He was a direct descendant of opera librettist Lorenzo da Ponte. He was the oldest of three children, having a younger sister Lyndall, and a younger brother, Harry Graham da Ponte III. He married Martha Lee Osborne, a former professor of Philosophy at the University of Tennessee, and had two children, David and Graham. He died in a plane crash in 1964.

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