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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Norman Fruman Papers
    Dates: 1712-2012
    Collection Number: 2017.006
    Creator/Collector: Norman Fruman California State University, Los Angeles
    Extent: 73.83 linear ft.
    Repository: California State University, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, California 90032-8300
    Abstract: Dr. Norman Fruman (1923-2012) is a noted literary scholar best known for his 1971 book Coleridge, The Damaged Archangel (1971). He was born in the Bronx, New York and attended school in New York City, earning his Master’s Degree from Columbia University in 1948 and his Ph.D. from New York University in 1960. While still attending the City University of New York for his undergraduate degree, Fruman was sent to fight in World War II. He rose to the rank of platoon leader in the 42nd Infantry Rainbow Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a prisoner of war in a Bavarian prison camp until his release in 1945. Fruman wrote for The American Comics Group after earning his M.A. and also won the television quiz show “The $64,000 Challenge” in 1957. After earning his doctorate in 1960, Fruman taught English at California State University, Los Angeles from 1959 to 1978 and later the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities from 1978 to 1994. Dr. Fruman was a public critic of political correctness in the university, especially in regards to his own field of study. He was a founding member of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers as well as a board member of the National Association of Scholars. Fruman died in 2012 from cancer, leaving behind three children and Doris, his wife for 53 years.
    Language of Material: English


    Access is available by appointment for Cal State LA student and faculty researchers as well as independent researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    Norman Fruman Papers. California State University, Los Angeles

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The materials in this collection were created from 1712-2012. The bulk of the collection is textual material either written or collected by noted English Literature scholar Dr. Norman Fruman. This includes manuscripts of Dr. Fruman’s books, articles, and fiction as well as copies of his research materials. The collection also includes personal journals and correspondence. Whenever possible, care was taken to keep the materials in their original order to facilitate research.

    Indexing Terms

    Coleridge, The Damaged Archangel

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