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Walter Jackson Bate
Walter Jackson Bate
(May 23, 1918 – July 26, 1999) was an American literary critic and biographer. He is known for Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
for Biography
Biography
or Autobiography-winning biographies of Samuel Johnson (1978) and John Keats
John Keats
(1964).[1] Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson
also won the 1978 U.S. National Book Award in Biography.[2] Bate was born in Mankato, Minnesota. He studied (under Douglas Bush) and later taught at Harvard University. His critical work, especially The Burden of the Past and the English Poet, responds to and anticipates some aspects of the work of Harold Bloom. His biographies of Keats and Johnson have enjoyed extraordinary reputations both as scholarly resources and as works of literature in their own right. Jane Kenyon, one of many writers to be influenced by the Keats biography, paraphrases it in her poem "Reading Late of the Death of Keats":

Clearly I had packed the wrong book in my haste: Keats died, propped up to get more air. Severn straightened the body on the bed, and cut three dampened curls from Keats's head.

He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1957.[3] Bate retired from teaching at Harvard in 1986, and died on July 26, 1999, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
in Boston, aged 81.[4] A brief memoir appeared in 2013.[5] Major works[edit]

Negative Capability: The Intuitive Approach in Keats (1939; reprinted 1976, 2012). From Classic to Romantic: Premises of Taste in Eighteenth-century England (1946). Criticism: The Major Texts edited by (1952). The Achievement of Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson
(1955). The Stylistic Development of Keats (1958). Prefaces to Criticism (1959). From Classic to Romantic: Premises of Taste in Eighteenth-century England (1961). John Keats
John Keats
(1963). Keats: A Collection of Critical Essays (1964). Coleridge (1968). The Burden of the Past and the English Poet (1970). Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson
(1977).

References[edit]

^ " Biography
Biography
or Autobiography". Past winners and finalists by category. The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2012-03-17. ^ "National Book Awards – 1978". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-17. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 20, 2011.  ^ "Walter J. Bate, 81, Professor and Biographer". The New York Times. July 28, 1999.  ^ Robert D. Richardson, Splendor of Heart: Walter Jackson Bate
Walter Jackson Bate
and the Teaching of Literature; with an interview by John Paul Russo (Boston: Godine, 2014).

External links[edit]

Extensive biography from the Harvard University
Harvard University
Gazette.

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Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
for Biography
Biography
or Autobiography (1951–1975)

Margaret Louise Coit (1951) Merlo J. Pusey (1952) David J. Mays (1953) Charles A. Lindbergh (1954) William S. White (1955) Talbot Faulkner Hamlin (1956) John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
(1957) Douglas S. Freeman, John Alexander Carroll and Mary Wells Ashworth (1958) Arthur Walworth (1959) Samuel Eliot Morison
Samuel Eliot Morison
(1960) David Donald (1961) Leon Edel
Leon Edel
(1963) Walter Jackson Bate
Walter Jackson Bate
(1964) Ernest Samuels (1965) Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
(1966) Justin Kaplan (1967) George Frost Kennan (1968) Benjamin Lawrence Reid (1969) Thomas Harry Williams (1970) Lawrence Thompson (1971) Joseph P. Lash
Joseph P. Lash
(1972) W. A. Swanberg (1973) Louis Sheaffer (1974) Robert Caro
Robert Caro
(1975)

Complete list (1917–1925) (1926–1950) (1951–1975) (1976–2000) (2001–2025)

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Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
for Biography
Biography
or Autobiography (1976–2000)

R. W. B. Lewis (1976) John E. Mack
John E. Mack
(1977) Walter Jackson Bate
Walter Jackson Bate
(1978) Leonard Baker (1979) Edmund Morris (1980) Robert K. Massie (1981) William S. McFeely (1982) Russell Baker (1983) Louis R. Harlan (1984) Kenneth Silverman (1985) Elizabeth Frank (1986) David J. Garrow (1987) David Herbert Donald (1988) Richard Ellmann (1989) Sebastian de Grazia (1990) Steven Naifeh
Steven Naifeh
and Gregory White Smith
Gregory White Smith
(1991) Lewis B. Puller (1992) David McCullough
David McCullough
(1993) David Levering Lewis (1994) Joan D. Hedrick (1995) Jack Miles
Jack Miles
(1996) Frank McCourt
Frank McCourt
(1997) Katharine Graham
Katharine Graham
(1998) A. Scott Berg
A. Scott Berg
(1999) Stacy Schiff (2000)

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