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Ellmann, Richard David

Rosemary E. Johnsen

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1602909

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Ellmann, Richard David (15 March 1918–13 May 1987), literary biographer and critic, was born in Highland Park, Michigan, the son of James Irving Ellmann, a lawyer, and Jeanette Barsook. He lived in Highland Park, a suburb of Detroit, until leaving for college. Ellmann wanted to be a literary scholar and teacher, and he chose Yale University for his education. In 1939 he received a B.A. in English and stayed at Yale to earn an M.A. two years later. He became an instructor at Harvard in 1942 but left the following year to serve in the navy and the Office of Strategic Services. While stationed in London he pursued his interest in W. B. Yeats by visiting Dublin to meet with the poet’s widow....

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