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Foerster, Norman



  • Existence: 1887-1972


Norman Foerster was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 14, 1887, and died in Palo Alto, California, on August 1, 1972. The last name is pronounced "Firster." His degrees were A.B., Harvard University, 1910; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1912; Litt.D., University of the South, 1931; D.H.L., Grinnell College, 1946; and Litt.D., University of North Carolina, 1948. Foerster taught English at Wisconsin, North Carolina, Iowa, Duke, and other schools. At Iowa he was director of the School of Letters, 1930-1944, resigning in a dispute about curriculum revision. He was also a prominent member of the New Humanist movement of the early twentieth century. Foerster wrote or edited many books on American literature and higher education.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Norman Foerster Papers

Identifier: RG99.0060

University of Iowa professor of English and instrumental in the founding of the UI School of Letters.

Dates: 1930 - 1971; Majority of material found within 1930 - 1944