Biography and History

Leslie A. Fiedler (1917-2003) was a significant American literary critic and author. From 1956 to 1957, he was the Christian Gauss Lecturer at Princeton University. During his time at Princeton, Fiedler frequently travelled to New York where he made connections in publishing, including with editors of Esquire magazine. It was in Esquire that Fiedler's controversial "Nude Croquet" was published in 1957. In 1994, Fiedler received the Hubbell Medal for lifetime contribution to the study of literature.

Source: From the finding aid for C0156