Home » Writers » Biographers » Bate, Walter Jackson

Bate, Walter Jackson

Born: 1918 AD
Died: 1999 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Biographers, Scholars

1918 – Born on May 23rd in Mankato, Minnesota. American author and literary biographer known for his studies of the English writers John Keats and Samuel Johnson.

1939 – Bate graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University.

1942 – Received his Ph.D.from Harvard University.

1945 – The Modern Language Association published Bate’s Stylistic Development of Keats.

1946 – Bate taught history and literature at Harvard University.

1949 – Appointed Associate Professor of English in Harvard University.

1955 – His work ‘The Achievement of Samuel Johnson’ was awarded the Gauss Prize for literary history and criticism.

1956 – He was chairman of the department of English.

1963-1964 – His full-length biography John Keats was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Biography.

         – Bate was awarded his first Pulitzer Prize for John Keats, a biography of the charismatic 18th-century English poet who died of tuberculosis at the age of 25.

1968 – Bate’s other works include From Classic to Romantic: Premises of Taste in Eighteenth-Century England and Coleridge.

1977-1978 – His ‘Samuel Johnson’, a colorful account of Johnson’s personality and a vivid portrayal of the times in which he lived, won the acclaim of scholars and critics and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

1999 – Died on July 26th in Boston, Massachusetts.