William Lyon Phelps


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(1865–1943), professor of English literature at Yale (1892–1933), began his career as an academic scholar with such works as The Beginnings of the English Romantic Movement (1893) and Browning: How To Know Him (1915). He was best known as a popularizer of the humanities through his many lectures and his column “As I Like It” in Scribner's, endorsing innumerable new books and containing random commentaries on his many enthusiasms. In 1939 he published his Autobiography with Letters.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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