Biography and History

Arthur Mizener (1907-1988) graduated from Princeton University in 1930, earned a masters at Harvard University, and then returned to Princeton to receive his doctorate in 1934. Mizener taught English at Yale University, Wells College, and Carleton College before becoming Cornell University's Mellon Foundation Professor of English in 1951. He later retired from teaching in 1975.

Mizener's most popular work was the first biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Far Side of Paradise (1951). Credited with renewing interest in its subject, the profile was the first account of Fitzgerald's life to be published. Mizener subsequently published three more books on Fitzgerald. His other writings include another biography of a literary figure, The Saddest Story: A Biography of Ford Madox Ford (1971), and essays on writing and literary criticism, such as The Sense of Life in the Modern Novel (1964).

Source: From the finding aid for C0634