Prepared by Barbara Bass, January 8, 2002
8 record storage boxes, 8 cubic feet, 11th floor
Sanford Marovitz was born on May 10, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois.
Marovitz served four years in the U. S. Air Force (1953-57) and then earned
a B.A. from Lake Forest College in 1960 and an M.A. in June 1961
and Ph.D. completed in Oct. 1967 and awarded June 1968 from
Duke University. He taught at Temple University,
the University of Athens in Greece under the Fulbright Program.
He began his career at Kent State University in 1967 as an assistant professor. He was a professor of English and Chairman of Graduate Studies at Kent State University. American literature is his major field of study,
within which he holds particular interests in Jewish-American fiction, Western writing, and the literature of the American Renaissance. He taught at Shimane University in Matsue, Japan as a visiting professor (1976-77).
Professor Marovitz has published widely in professional journals and collected
volumes of criticism; he was co-editor of Artful Thunder (1975), a festschrift
in honor of Howard P. Vincent. He collaborated with Clarence Gohdes
on the fifth edition of A Bibliographical Guide to the Study of the
Literature of the U.S.A. (1984). Other publications include Abraham Cahan (Twayne's United States Authors Series, 1996) and Melville "Among the Nations": Proceedings of an International Conference, Volos, Greece, July 2-6, 1997 (2001). He was also the associate editor of Studies in American Jewish Literature.
Marovitz received the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1960-1961; Fulbright
Teaching Grant to Greece, 1965-66; renewed, 1966-67 and also the Academic
Quarter Research Awards at Kent State University in 1971, 1974 and 1977.
He has been listed in Who's Who in the Midwest and Who's Who in the World.
He retired from Kent State University in 1996.
Scope and Content
Sanford Marovitz's papers contain correspondence, manuscripts and his publications.
It also contains correspondence relating to the Shimane University Summer programs.
Series 1: Correspondence by subjects; Box 1-4
Series 2: Letters and Recommendations; Box 5
Series 3: Collective Bargaining Box 6, Folders 1-7
Article: "Testament of a patriot: the Virginian, the tenderfoot, and Owen Wister": 2 copies, 1 signed: 1974
Article: "Three days on Mount Athos": 1966
Article: "Toward Moby-Dick: a freshman honor's course": 1985
Article: "YEKL: the ghetto realism of Abraham Cahan": 1969
Book review: American humor magazines and comic periodicals by David E. E. Sloane: 1988
Book: Bibliographical Guide to the Study of Literature of the U.S.A. edited by Clarence Gohdes and Sanford Marovitz: 1984
Book review: A Casebook on 'the Grapes of Wrath' edited by Agnes McNeil Donohue: 1969; 1974
Book review: Chicago and the American Literary Imagination by Carl S. Smith: 1984
Book review: Compton Mackenzie by D. J. Dooley; Forster's Women: Eternal Differences by Bonnie Blumental Finkelstein;
Aldous Huxley: A Collection of Critical Essays edited by Robert E. Kuehn
Book review: Creative Awakening: the Jewish presence in Twentieth Century American Literature 1900's-1940's; In the Mainstream: the Jewish
Pressence in Twentieth-century American Literature, 1950's-1980's; Dramatic Encounters: the Jewish presence in Twentieth-Century American drama,
poetry, and humor and the Black-Jewish Relationship: 1987
Book review: The Crowd in American Literature by Nicholaus Mills: 1987
Book review: George Theotokas by Thomas Doulis: 1975
Book review: Interpretation of Material Shapes in Puritanism: a study of rhetoric, prejudice and violence: 1988
Book review: Steinbeck and the Arthurian Theme edited by Tetsumaro Hayashi: 1975
Book review: "Tilchin's Mourning" from Melville Society Extracts: No. 75, Nov. 1988
Book review: "Unseemly Realities in Owen Wister's Western/American Myth": 1984
Book review: Visions of the American West by Gerald F. Kreyche: 1989
Book review: Western American Literary Criticism by Martin Bucco: 1985
Book review: Witness Through the Imagination: Jewish American Holocaust Literature
by S. Lillian Kremer: 1989
Book review: Words for the Wild: the Sierra club trailside reader edited by Ann Ronald: 1987
Introduction to American Jewish Literature: Spring 1989: v. 8, no. 1
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