Archive for the ‘Scholarship’ Category

Ralph Ellison, U. S. author, was born today in history: 01 March, 1914

Ralph Ellison

Ralph Ellison

Ralph Waldo Ellison (March 1, 1914 – April 16, 1994) was an American novelist, literary critic, scholar and writer. He was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Ellison is best known for his novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953. He also wrote Shadow and Act (1964), a collection of political, social and critical essays, and Going to the Territory (1986).

John Berryman, U. S. poet and scholar, died today in history: 07 January, 1972

John Berryman

John Berryman

John Allyn Berryman (October 25, 1914 – January 7, 1972) was an American poet and scholar, born in McAlester, Oklahoma. He was a major figure in American poetry in the second half of the 20th century and was considered a key figure in the Confessional school of poetry. His best-known work is The Dream Songs.

Benjamin Hall Kennedy, English scholar, was born today in history: 6 November, 1804

Benjamin Hall Kennedy (Walter William Ouless, 1883)

Benjamin Hall Kennedy (Walter William Ouless, 1883)

Benjamin Hall Kennedy (6 November 1804 – 6 April 1889) was an English scholar and schoolmaster, known for his work in the teaching of the Latin language.

Dr. William Sessions gives the lecture “Flannery O’Connor and Freud; The Meaning of Life in Death”

W. A. (Bill) Sessions

W. A. (Bill) Sessions

Dr. William Sessions gives the lecture “Flannery O’Connor and Freud; The Meaning of Life in Death”, relating to the work of Flannery O’Connor, the U.S. writer and essayist who died on this day in history, 3 August, 1964. The event was hosted by the Emory University Aquinas Center of Theology.

 Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O’Connor

Francesco Petrarca died on this day in history: 19 July, 1374

Francesco Petrarca

Francesco Petrarca

Francesco Petrarca (July 20, 1304 – July 19, 1374), commonly anglicized as Petrarch (/ˈptrɑrk, ˈpɛtrɑrk/), was an Italian scholar and poet in Renaissance Italy, and one of the earliest humanists. Petrarch’s rediscovery of Cicero‘s letters is often credited for initiating the 14th-century Renaissance. Petrarch is often called the “Father of Humanism”. In the 16th century, Pietro Bembo created the model for the modern Italian language based on Petrarch’s works, as well as those of Giovanni Boccaccio, and, to a lesser extent, Dante Alighieri. Petrarch would be later endorsed as a model for Italian style by the Accademia della Crusca. Petrarch’s sonnets were admired and imitated throughout Europe during the Renaissance and became a model for lyrical poetry. He is also known for being the first to develop the concept of the “Dark Ages“.