Identification: MSS 099, F951
Creator: Mizener, Arthur.
Title: Arthur Mizener letter to John S. Monagan
Inclusive Dates: 1971 June 11
Extent: 2 items (3 p.)
Abstract: In this letter dated June 11, 1971, American biographer Arthur Mizener (1907-1988) responded to a letter from U. S. Congressman John S. Monagan (1911-2005), who had written regarding Mizener's recently published book,The Saddest Story: A Biography of Ford Madox Ford .
Language: Materials entirely in English.
MSS 099, F951, Arthur Mizener letter to John S. Monagan, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.
Box 66, F951: Shelved in SPEC MSS 099 manuscript boxes
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American educator, biographer, and critic Arthur Mizener (1907-1988) is best known as the author of the first F. Scott Fitzgerald biography, The Far Side of Paradise, which was published in 1951. The best-selling biography was credited with renewing interest in Fitzgerald and advancing Fitzgerald's reputation as a major American author.
Twenty years later, Mizener published a biography of Ford Madox Ford, the British novelist and founding editor of Transatlantic Review and Two Worlds. In addition, Mizener published several other works, among them The Sense of Life in the Modern Novel and A Handbook of Analyses, Questions, and a Discussion of Technique for Use with Modern Short Stories: The Uses of Imagination; edited various other works, including a collection of Fitzgerald's miscellaneous writings; and wrote numerous essays and book reviews.
Mizener also taught at Yale University; Wells College in Aurora, New York; and Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. In 1951, Mizener accepted a position as Mellon Foundation Professor of English at Cornell University and remained there until his retirement in 1975.
U. S. Congressman and author John S. Monagan (1911-2005) served from 1959 to 1973, as the Democrat representative from the Fifth District of Connecticut, in the U. S. House of Representatives.
After serving in Congress, John Monagan authored two biographies, Horace, Priest of the Poor (1985) and The Grand Panjandrum: Mellow Years of Justice Holmes (1988).
Engar, Ann. "Arthur Mizener." Dictionary of Literary Biography; American Literary Biographers. Ed. Steven Serafin. Volume 103. Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1991. pp. 184-191.
"John S. Monagan." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Gale Biography In Context). http://ic.galegroup.com (accessed November 19, 2013).
In this letter dated June 11, 1971, American biographer Arthur Mizener (1907-1988) responded to a recent letter from U. S. Congressman John S. Monagan (1911-2005), who had written regarding Mizener's recently published book,The Saddest Story: A Biography of Ford Madox Ford .
In answering Monagan's letter, Arthur Mizener commented on Eudora Welty's criticism of his book and noted that in writing of Ford's life he had tried to be "judicious" but wondered if he had "failed to achieve it."
In concluding his letter, Mizener mentioned teaching at Yale and remembering a colleague by the name of Dick Goss. This letter is accompanied by a form memorandum that bears the typed name of Richard W. Goss.
Typed letter signed with attached memorandum, 1971 June 11 [Box 66 F951]