Scope and Content
Title: Norman Foerster Papers ,
Date (inclusive): 1918-1940
Collection number: Special Collections M0173
Foerster, Norman, 1887-
3 linear ft.
Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
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Gift of Norman Foerster, 1967.
[Identification of item] Norman Foerster Papers , M0173, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford,
FOERSTER, NORMAN, 1887-present
A.B. Harvard: 1910; A.M., Univ. of Wisconsin: 1912; Litt.D., U. of South: 1931.
University professor and instigator of New Humanist movement in American criticism. As its chief spokesman, he edited its
Humanism and America (1930). Instructor in English, U. of Wis., 1911-14; assoc prof. English, U. of North Carolina, 1914-19, prof., 1919-30; dir.
School of Letters and prof. English, U. of Ia., 1930-44; visiting prof. English, Duke University, 1948-9. Author of
Outlines and Summaries, Sentences and Thinking, Nature in American Literature, American Criticism, The American Scholar, Towards
Standards, The American State University, The Future of the Liberal College, The Humanities and the Common Man.
Essays for College Men, Selected Literary Essays from James Russell Lowell, Chief American Prose Writers, American Ideals,
English poetry of the 19th century, American Poetry and Prose, Humanism and America,
American Critical Essays.
Scope and Content
Letters and manuscripts, 1918-1940, pertaining to New Humanism movement of the 1920's. New Humanism is a philosophical and
critical movement that flourished in the U.S. under the leadership of Irving Babbitt and Paul E. More, whose 1929-1930 articles
and correspondence with Foerster comprise the bulk of the collection. Foerster and T.S. Eliot were members of the movement
which stressed the human ethical elements of existence, as distinguished from the supernatural or animal elements. Collection
includes prepublication drafts, clippings, research notes, and correspondence; a total of 1,000 items in 5 boxes.