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Elder Olson

(b. 1909)


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(1909–),

Chicago-born poet and critic, professor at the University of Chicago, is known as a leader of its school of neo-Aristotelians, whose critical views were based on the Poetics of Aristotle. His poetry, cerebral and formal, appeared in Thing of Sorrow (1934), The Cock of Heaven (1940), The Scarecrow Christ (1954), Plays and Poems (1958), Collected Poems (1963), and Olson's Penny Arcade (1975). Tragedy and the Theory of Drama (1961) and The Theory of Comedy (1968) are among his critical works.

Subjects: Literature.


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