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Litz, A. Walton.
A. Walton Litz Papers
Manuscripts Division
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5 boxes and 4.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-5


A. Walton Litz was a member of the Princeton Class of 1951, and later became the Holmes Professor of English Literature at Princeton, where he taught from 1956-1993 (?). Consists of Litz's English literature course materials and preliminary chapters for the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, Volume 7 (2000), edited by Litz, Louis Menand, and Lawrence Rainey.

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection consists of the English literature course materials of A. Walton Litz. Included are his lecture notes on topics in modern literature, modern American poetry, modern British poetry, and the history of literary criticism, as well as syllabi, reading lists, handouts, and other reference material. There are also four preliminary chapters for the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, Volume 7 (2000), edited by Litz, Louis Menand, and Lawrence Rainey. The files (in 4 record center cartons and 1 archive box, totaling 4.4 linear feet) are arranged in the same order as originally found in Litz's filing cabinets in his Firestone Library office. Professor Thomas Roche of the Princeton University English Department provided additional information on the English undergraduate and graduate classes and seminars taught by Litz during his years at Princeton.

Collection Creator Biography:

Litz, A. Walton.

A. Walton Litz (1929- ), Princeton Class of '51, was the Holmes Professor of English Literature at Princeton University, where he taught from 1956-1993 (?). He earned his Ph.D. from Oxford University while he was there on a Rhodes Scholarship (1951-1954). Litz has written or edited more than twenty volumes, including The Art of James Joyce, Jane Austen: A Study of Her Artistic Development, Introspective Voyager: The Poetic Development of Wallace Stevens, Modern Literary Criticism, 1900-1970, The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams, and the Prentice-Hall Anthology of American Literature. He has received grants and awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Danforth Foundation (E. Harris Harbison Award for Gifted Teaching), the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Philosophical Society.

Collection History


Litz's colleague and friend, Thomas Roche Jr. (Princeton professor emeritus of English), was a point of contact for this collection of Litz's files, which was left unclaimed in his office for many years (as of August 2003, Litz's whereabouts remain unknown to his family and friends). Acquired on August 15, 2003 (AM2004-21).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2003. Finding aid written in 2003.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

A. Walton Litz Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-5