Arthur Walton Litz, Jr., born on October 31, 1929, in Nashville, Tennessee,[1][2], died on June 4, 2014[3], was an American literary historian and critic who served as professor of English Literature at Princeton University from 1956 to 1993. He was the author or editor of over twenty collections of literary criticism, including various editions of Ezra Pound, James Joyce, Wallace Stevens, and T.S. Elliot.

Litz graduated from Princeton University in 1951 and received his DPhil from Oxford University while studying on a Rhodes Scholarship at Merton College from 1951 to 1954.[4] After two years' service in the US Army,[2] he became the Holmes Professor of English Literature at Princeton in 1956, where he worked until his retirement in 1994.[2]

Litz was also a longtime instructor at the Bread Loaf School of English. He was named to the Eastman Visiting Professorship at Balliol College, Oxford in 1989.

Litz married Marian Weller in 1958; they had four children.[4] He died of respiratory failure on June 4, 2014, aged 84, at University Medical Center of Princeton in Plainsboro, New Jersey. He is survived by his four children and six grandchildren.[2]


  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index Vol 1 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d Saxon, Jamie. "A. Walton Litz, Princeton 'high modernist' scholar of literature, dies". Princeton University. The Trustees of Princeton University. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Centraljersey.com
  4. ^ a b Levens, R.G.C., ed. (1964). Merton College Register 1900-1964. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. pp. 425–426. 

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