Karl Kroeber

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Karl Kroeber (1926–2009) was an American literary scholar, known for his writing on the English Romantics and American Indian literature. He was the son of Theodora and Alfred L. Kroeber, noted anthropologists. His most recent book was an account of his father's famous work with Ishi: Ishi in Three Centuries.

He was professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University. He wrote widely on literary criticism and its relationship to ecology, traditional literature, and art history.

Kroeber was the brother of the science-fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin. He was father of Paul Kroeber, a linguist; Arthur Kroeber, a journalist and consultant on the Chinese economy; and Katharine Kroeber Wiley, a writer.

Kroeber died of cancer on November 8, 2009 at the age of 82.[1][2]



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  1. ^ "Karl Kroeber, 1926–2009". The Bwog. The Blue and White. November 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-09. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Davis, Alexa (November 11, 2009). "Columbia mourns loss of Karl Kroeber". Columbia Daily Spectator. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 

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