Henry Seidel Canby


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(1878–1961), former Yale professor of literature and editor of The Saturday Review of Literature. His books of literary and social criticism include Classic Americans (1931), studies of authors; Thoreau (1939) and Whitman (1943), biographies; The Brandywine (1941), an informal history of the river; and American Memoir (1947), including The Age of Confidence (1934), a survey of American life in the 1890s, and Alma Mater: The Gothic Age of the American College (1936). Family History (1945) deals with his ancestry; Turn West, Turn East (1951) is a study contrasting Mark Twain and Henry James.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.