Oscar Wilde Firkins papers
Scope and Content
Correspondence in the collection consists largely of letters from Harold de Wolf Fuller and H. R. Mussey, managing editors of the Nation. Correspondence from editors of other periodicals and publishers are also included. Letters from George E. Vincent, Cyrus Northrop, Richard Burton, Sara Teasdale and Vachel Lindsay round out the correspondence found in Professor Firkins' papers.
Professor Firkins' lecture notes include his files on the Arthurian legend, drama, the novel, poetry, the Romantic Movement, and the short story. The collection of Professor Firkins' manuscripts includes essays, plays, reviews and books, as well as 234 unpublished poems in typescript. Notebooks include a Firkins bibliography of periodical contributions as well as notes on English poets, English authors and other topics.
- Creation: 1909-1932
- Firkins, Oscar W., 1864-1932 (Person)
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Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.
Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.
Biographical Sketch of Oscar W. Firkins (1864-1932)
Oscar W. Firkins was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1864. He attended the University of Minnesota, earning his B.A. in 1884 and M.A. in 1898. He joined the faculty of the University in 1891 as assistant in rhetoric and became professor of comparative literature in 1918.
Professor Firkins was a world renowned literary critic. He was a reviewer of poetry for the Nation, dramatic critic for the Weekly Reviewand a contributor to Atlantic Monthly, Saturday Review of Literature, Yale Review, and the North American Review. Professor Firkins was also a prolific writer of memoirs, criticisms, plays and poetry.
A purist in regard to literature, Professor Firkins would only read a text as it was originally written. If he wanted to read an author who's original work was not in English, he would learn the necessary language. Because of this, Professor Firkins could read over a dozen languages and speak seven. He remained as the only professor in the comparative literature department from 1918 until his death on March 7, 1932, four months before his planned retirement from the University.
2.5 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)
Collection contains the papers of Oscar Wilde Firkins, professor of comparative literature at the University of Minnesota.
- Firkins, Ina Ten Eyck, 1866-1937 (Person)
- Northrop, Cyrus, 1834-1922 (Person)
- University of Minnesota. Department of Comparative Literature (Organization)
- Oscar Wilde Firkins papers, 1909-1932
- Archives Staff; updated by Karen Spilman
- July 1960; January 2005
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- Finding aid written in English