by George J. Dance

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Walter Clyde Curry (1887-1967), from Essays in Honor of Walter Clyde Curry, 1954. Courtesy Internet Archive.

Walter Clyde Curry (January 6, 1887 - October 2, 1967)[1] was an American poet and medieval scholar, a member of the Fugitives literary movement.[2]


Curry was born in Graycourt, South Carolina. He earned a B.A. in 1909 at Wofford College, and an M.A. in 1913 and Ph.D. in 1915 at Stanford University.[1]

He was a professor of English at Vanderbilt University 1915-1955,[1] and chaired the English Department from 1941 until his 1955 retirement. He was a founding member of the Fugitives group, which began at Vanderbilt around 1915, and published poetry in their literary magazine, The Fugitive (1922-1925), under the pen name "Marpha."[2]

In 1927 he married Kathryn Worth, who bore him a daughter, Josephine (born March 29, 1929). He died in Nashville, Tennessee, aged 80.[1]


Curry was awarded an honorary Litt.D. by Wofford College in 1952.[1]

He was the subject of a 1954 festschrift, Essays in Honor of Walter Clyde Curry  (Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press).[3]



  • The Middle English Ideal of Personal Beauty: As found in the metrical romances, chronicles, and legends of the XIII, XIV, and XV centuries (thesis). Baltimore, MD: J.H. Furst, 1916.
  • Chaucer and the mediaeval sciences. New York & London: Oxford University Press, 1926.
  • The Demonic Metaphysics of Macbeth. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1933.
  • Shakespeare's Philosophical Patterns. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1937.
  • Milton's Ontology, Cosmogony, and Physics. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 1957.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Walter Clyde Curry Papers (1933-1967), Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University, Web, Aug. 27, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Walter Clyde Curry 1887-1967, Poetry Foundation, Web, Aug. 27, 2012.
  3. Essays in honor of Walter Clyde Curry (1954), Internet Archive, Web, Aug 27, 2012.
  4. Search results = au:Walter Clyde Curry, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, June 22, 2014.

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