Biography and History

Theodore Russell Weiss (1916- ) is a poet, educator and editor, who, along with his wife, Renée Karol Weiss, edited and published the independent literary journal Quarterly Review of Literature for nearly six decades. Theodore (Ted) Weiss graduated from Muhlenberg College with an A.B. in 1938, and from Columbia University with a M.A. in 1940. He began his academic career at the University of Maryland (summer of 1941), then taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1942-44), Yale University (1944-46), Bard College (1947-66), and Princeton University (1966-87), where he was the William and Annie S. Paton Foundation Professor for Ancient and Modern Literature from 1977 until his retirement in 1987. Weiss was also a visiting professor and poet-in-residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1961-62), Washington University in St. Louis (1978), and Monash University in Australia (summer of 1982). Weiss is the author of thirteen books of poetry and several volumes of literary criticism. His awards include a Guggenheim fellowship in 1986-87, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America in 1989, and a shared PEN Club Special Achievement Award in 1997, with wife, Renée Weiss, for publishing the Quarterly Review of Literature. Renée Weiss, in addition to being the co-editor and business manager of the QRL, is a violinist and author.

A Chronology of the Quarterly Review of Literature

Source: From the finding aid for C0862

  • Quarterly Review of Literature (QRL) Archives. 1943-2000 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0862

    The Quarterly Review of Literature ( QRL) Archives consists primarily of the issue and correspondence files of the independent literary journal of the same name that was founded in 1943 by Warren Carrier, and co-edited and published from 1944-1999 by the husband and wife team of Theodore (Ted) and Renée Weiss. Theodore Weiss was professor of English and creative writing at Princeton University from 1967 to 1987. Over the course of his career of poet, educator, and QRL editor, Weiss corresponded with many leading literary figures of the modern era, such as poets Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams, and literary theorist/critic Paul De Man, and published their early work in the QRL. Also present in the collection are manuscripts of, and associated material from, eleven of Weiss's thirteen published books of poetry.