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Babbitt, Irving

Born: 1865 AD
Died: 1933 AD, at 67 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Critics, Professors


1865 - Irving Babbitt was born 2nd of August in Dayton, Ohio.


1889 - Graduated from Harvard University.


1889-1991 - Studied Latin and Greek, University of Montana.


1890 - With Paul Elmer More in developing the core doctrines that were to constitute New Humanism.


1891 - Went to France to study École Pratique des Hautes-études linked to the Sorbonne, studied Pali literature and Buddhism. Then he took a master's degree at Harvard, including Sanskrit.


1893 - Finished  MA Oriental Studies, Harvard University.


1894 - Served as Professor in French at Harvard University


1912 - Rising from the ranks to become a full professor of French literature.


         - Credited with introducing the study of comparative literature there.    


1895 - Gave a lecture What is Humanism?, which announced his attack on Rousseau.


1908 - Babbitt's Literature and the American College caused a stir, but it was assembled from writings already circulated.


        - Continued to publish in the same vein, often derogatory of figures from the French literature that was his avowed specialism.


1912-1933 - Professor of French Literature, Harvard University.    


1923 - Visiting Professor in Sorbonne.


1926 - Wrote an essay The Humanism of Irving Babbitt, a review of Democracy and Leadership.  

1933 - Irving Babbitt died 15th of July in Cambridge.



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