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Richard Warrington Baldwin Lewis

Richard Warrington Baldwin Lewis

Male 1917 - 2002  (84 years)

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  • Name Richard Warrington Baldwin Lewis 
    Nickname RWB 
    Born 1 Nov 1917  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Census 1920  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Military 5 Jun 1942  [9
    He enlisted in the Army Air Corps 
    Residence 2002  Bethany, New Haven County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    History Richard graduated in 1939 from Harvard University with a A. B. He graduated in 1941 from the University of Chicago with an M. A. He received his Ph.D. there in 1954. According to is obituary, he served "During World War II, Mr. Lewis enlisted as a private in the U.S. Air Force and became a second lieutenant, serving in the Middle East, North Africa and Italy. He commanded a unit in Italy and received the Legion of Merit Award in 1944 for service behind enemy lines. After the war, he continued as a commanding officer of the Northern Italy War Crimes Investigation Team and was discharged from service in 1946 with the rank of major.

    Professor Lewis taught at Bennington College 1948-1950 and was dean of studies at the Salzburg Seminar in Austria 1950-1951. He was a visiting lecturer at Smith College 1951-1952 and a resident fellow at Princeton University 1952-1954, then joined the faculty at Rutgers University as a professor of English. He served there until his Yale appointment in 1959.

    A member of the Yale faculty from 1959 until his retirement in 1988, Professor Lewis held joint appointments in the Departments of English and American Studies. A popular teacher on campus, he served as master of Calhoun College from 1966 to 1972.

    Professor Lewis was also an authority on the development of the novel in the 19th and 20th centuries. His first book, "The American Adam: Innocence, Tragedy and Tradition in the 19th Century" (1955), was credited with reorienting the study of American literary texts.

    His other works include a book of criticism called "The Picaresque Saint"; "Trials of the World," a book of essays that won the Van Wyck Brooks Award for Belles Lettres; "The Poetry of Hart Crane"; "The Jameses: A Family Narrative," which was a finalist for the National Book Award; "The City of Florence: Historical Vistas and Personal Sightings," about the Italian city where he spent a significant amount of time; and his most recent, "Dante," a short biography of the poet. With his wife, Nancy Lewis, he wrote "American Characters," a book in which paintings, photographs and drawings from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., are paired with commentary from the couple. The book was a result of Professor Lewis' tenure as a commissioner at the gallery in the late 1980s.

    Professor Lewis won the greatest acclaim for his Pulitzer Prize-winning "Edith Wharton: A Biography," which also won the Bancroft Prize for American history and the first National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. The New York Times called the book "a beautifully wrought, rounded portrait of the whole woman, including the part of her that remained in shade during her life ..." and said the "expansive, elegant biography ... can stand as literature, if nothing else. ... "

    In a statement, President Richard C. Levin said of the Yale scholar: "Dick Lewis bridged the academic world and wider realm of letters. Though he wrote master- works of criticism, he was also a literary figure who brought his sense of literature and literary biography to the classrooms of New Haven. As master of Calhoun College during the '60s he and Nancy shared their taste for art and letters with undergraduates who were dazzled by their guests, their storytelling and their cuisine. Yale mourns the passing of a member of its family who linked New Haven with an American world stretching westward and an old world across the ocean."

    Yale College Dean Richard H. Brodhead, who was one of Professor Lewis' doctoral students at Yale, commented, "Through his many books and his eloquent presence in the classroom, R.W.B. Lewis did as much as anyone in his generation to create the modern study of American literature. A person of unbounded curiosity, his interests ranged from the classic to the contemporary and from the most canonical authors to the writers he introduced to serious study: Edith Wharton, Hart Crane and many more. As a teacher, he was a model of generosity, quick to appreciate the gifts of others and ready with his support. A man of letters, he loved the world of letters, and he created that love in many others.
    SSN 126-22-7477  [4, 5
    Died 13 Jun 2002  Bethany, New Haven County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4, 6, 7
    Buried Rural Glen Cemetery, Hubbardston, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Grave Marker of Richard and Nancy Lewis
    Grave Marker of Richard and Nancy Lewis
    When the picture was taken, there was no death date on the listing for Nancy Lindau
    Person ID I644  Delvee Family | Spouse of a Delvee
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2017 

    Father Leicester Crosby Lewis,   b. Abt 1888, New York State Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Beatrix Baldwin,   b. Abt 1893, New York State Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married Yes, date unknown  [2
    Family ID F415  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Nancy Lindau 
    Children 
    +1. Nathaniel Lindau Lewis
     2. Sophia Baldwin Lewis
     3. Emma Kelton Lewis
    Last Modified 1 May 2014 
    Family ID F296  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Nov 1917 - Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - He was recorded while living with his parents. - 1920 - Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Address:
    74 Litchfield - 2002 - Bethany, New Haven County, Connecticut
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    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Jun 2002 - Bethany, New Haven County, Connecticut Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Rural Glen Cemetery, Hubbardston, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Richard W.B. Lewis
    Richard W.B. Lewis

  • Sources 
    1. [S388] Delvee Historian. Delvee Family Records 1887 - 1988, (Warwick, Massachusetts: manuscript, 1988).

    2. [S401] News Article: R.W.B. Lewis: Pulitzer Prize-winning literary scholar and critic , (New Haven, Connecticut: Yale Bulletin & Calendar volume 30, number 32 (28 June 2002)).

    3. [S690] Cook County, Illinois Birth Index, 1916-1935, (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008).

    4. [S83] Social Security Administration, Social Security Death Benefit Records (SSDI), (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011).

    5. [S911] Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc).

    6. [S120] Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2012, (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2003).

    7. [S572] Find a Grave web site, (Provo, Utah: Find A Grave, Inc.).
      Find A Grave Memorial# 135782720

    8. [S689] 1920 U.S. Federal Census - Illinois, (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010).
      Year: 1920; Census Place: Chicago Ward 14, Cook (Chicago), Illinois; Roll: T625_324; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 851; Image: 259

    9. [S487] Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, Ancestory.com, (www.ancestory.com).