Collection on Charles H. Foster
Description of Contents
- 1940 - 1995
Although he managed to publish several poems, he decided to turn his talents to accademia. Foster became recognized internationally for his expertise in 19th century American literature, and wrote several books on the subject. These included a Biography of Harriet Beecher Stowe which recieved rave reviews from the New York times. In addition, he was also on the board of editors for the New England Quarterly and wrote book reviews for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
In addition to his writing he was also a respected educator. He taught at a number of colleges in the U.S. including the Univeristies of Iowa and Collorado, and was the chairman of the English department at Grinnell College. He began teaching at the University of Minnesota in 1958, and was the director of the American Studies Department in addition to being part of the English Graduate Studies Division. This was to be his final teaching position which he would hold until his retierement in 1971.
Furthermore, Foster was also a collector of rare 19th century books, pamphlets, and manuscripts. Many of these were copies of the early American authors that he so loved. Eventually he would donate a significant number of these items to the Minneapolis public library.
After his retirement Foster moved to Luray Virginia for a number of years, but returned to Minnesota in 1994. In 1995 he passed away due to complications with Pneumonia.
0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)
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- 19th Century American Studies Collection (Minneapolis Public Library) Subject Source: Local sources
- American literature -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- American poetry -- 20th century. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- American poetry -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Foster, Charles H. (Charles Howell)
- Nelson, Truman, 1911-1987
- Collection on Charles H. Foster
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- May 2013
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