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Richard Stang Papers


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Richard Stang Papers, 1911-2001 | MS Manuscripts

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Title: Richard Stang Papers, 1911-2001Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1911-2001

ID: MS/MS/ms138

Primary Creator: Stang, Richard, 1925-

Extent: 15.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Richard Stang Papers consists of correspondence, manuscripts, research material toward Ford Madox Ford books by Richard Stang and Sondra Stang.

Collection Historical Note

Richard Stang (July 3, 1925 – December 14, 2011) was an American literary critic, author, scholar, and professor. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Stang served as a rifleman in the 104th Infantry of the U.S. Army during World War II (1943–45). By 1948, he had earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology from Columbia College in New York, then completed a master’s degree in romantic literature at Columbia University in 1949. In 1958, he was awarded the Ph.D. in Victorian literature from Columbia University. Stang was an instructor at the University of Washington (1953–54), a lecturer at the City College of New York (1954–58) and an assistant professor at Carleton College (1958–1961) before joining the faculty of the Department of English at Washington University in St. Louis. He served there as associate professor, professor, and professor emeritus for more than 35 years.

Stang’s first book, Theory of the Novel in England 1850-1870 (1959) was a close look at British fiction in the critical mid-century decades when novelists themselves, along with some critics, were for the first time mounting a defense of the novel as a genre and of the role of the novelist as a sacred office. Other studies by Richard Stang include Discussions of George Eliot, (1960; republished in 2011) a collection of 16 essays by 13 critics which provides a complete history of the critical reception of Eliot’s novels, and Ford Madox Ford: Critical Essays co-edited by Stang and Max Saunders (2002), which assembles more than 70 previously uncollected Ford. Important articles by Stang include “The Literary Criticism of George Eliot” in PMLA (1957); “The False Dawn: A Study of the Opening of William Wordsworth’s The Prelude" in ELH (1966); and “Little Dorrit: A World in Reverse” in Dickens the Craftsman, edited by Robert B. Partlow, Jr. (1970).

In 1969-70, he was a special tutor in Victorian Studies at Cambridge University. He was a Fulbright Fellow (1978–79), served on the editorial board of Dickens Studies Annual, and was a reader for PMLA and Nineteenth Century Fiction.

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Gift of Richard Stang

Acquisition Method: Accession number 23916

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

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[Series 1: Correspondence],
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Series 3: Miscellaneous Ford Madox FordAdd to your cart.
Miscellaneous Ford Madox Ford consists of miscellaneous notes and Ford Madox Ford Exhibition materials.
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Folder 214-219: Miscellaneous NotesAdd to your cart.

Autograph, Typescript, 205 pages

Includes miscellaneous Ford Madox Ford notes by Sondra and Richard Stang.

Folder 220: Ford Madox Ford ExhibitionAdd to your cart.

Typescript, 129 pages

Includes material toward Remembrance Now: Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939), an exhibition of books and manuscripts in Washington University's Special Collections, 1989: May 5-August 11.

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