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Walter Jackson Bate

Born: 23-May-1918
Birthplace: Mankato, MN
Died: 26-Jul-1999
Location of death: Boston, MA [1]
Cause of death: Heart Failure [2]
Remains: Cremated

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Critic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Samuel Johnson


[1] Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA.

[2] Suffered from esophageal cancer.

Father: (school superintendent, d. strangulated hernia)
Mother: (Christian Scientist, d. diabetes)

    University: BA, Harvard University (1939)
    University: PhD, Harvard University (1942)
    Professor: History, Harvard University (1946-86)

    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    American Philosophical Society
    Pulitzer Prize for Biography 1964 for John Keats
    Pulitzer Prize for Biography 1978 for Samuel Johnson
    Guggenheim Fellowship (twice)
    Surgery 1923 (sympathectomy)

Author of books:
Negative Capability (1939, criticism)
The Stylistic Development of John Keats (1945, lectures)
From Classic to Romantic (1946, lectures)
The Achievement of Samuel Johnson (1955)
From Classic to Romantic: Premises of Taste in Eighteenth-century England (1961)
John Keats (1963, biography)
Negative Capability: The Intuitive Approach in Keats (1965, criticism)
Coleridge (1968, biography)
The Burden of the Past and the English Poet (1970, criticism)
Samuel Johnson (1977, biography)


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