Bate, Walter Jackson

Bate, Walter Jackson

(1918–  ) literary critic, educator; born in Mankato, Minn. On the Harvard faculty (1946), he became a prominent spokesman for the humanistic literary tradition, resurrected the study of 18th-century English literature, and wrote Pulitzer Prize-winning literary biographies of John Keats (1963) and Samuel Johnson (1977).
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