R.W.B. Lewis

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Edith Wharton a Biography - Pulitzer Prize Classics - 1986

R.W.B. Lewis biography

R.W.B. (Richard Warrington Baldwin) Lewis was an esteemed American literary critic, biographer, and scholar, born on November 1, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois. His scholarly pursuits and contributions to literature spanned several decades, earning him recognition as a preeminent figure in the field of literary studies. Lewis received his education at Yale University, where he later became a professor, imparting his knowledge and passion for literature to countless students. His academic career was marked by a profound dedication to exploring the works of some of the most influential authors in American and British literature.

Throughout his career, Lewis authored numerous critically acclaimed books, perhaps most notably his biography of Edith Wharton, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography in 1976. This seminal work, titled Edith Wharton: A Biography, provided readers with a comprehensive and insightful look into the life and literary contributions of one of America's most celebrated writers. In addition to his biographical endeavors, Lewis was known for his incisive literary criticism, which often shed light on the historical and cultural contexts that shaped the works of prominent authors. His essays and reviews appeared in prestigious literary publications, further solidifying his reputation as a leading authority in the field.

Beyond his scholarly achievements, Lewis was also a dedicated mentor and advocate for the arts. His influence extended beyond the confines of academia, as he played a pivotal role in fostering a greater appreciation for literature among the general public. R.W.B. Lewis passed away on June 13, 2002, leaving behind a rich legacy of scholarship and insight that continues to inspire and enrich readers and scholars alike. His contributions to the study of literature remain invaluable, serving as a testament to his enduring impact on the world of letters.

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