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ImageRobert W. Watson Papers, 1948-1980

 

The Robert W. Watson Manuscripts date from 1948 to 1980 and contain manuscripts, typescripts, publisher's proofs and galleys, clippings, correspondence, photographs, and reviews.

 

Robert W. Watson (1925-2012) was born in Passaic, New Jersey, and educated at Williams College and Johns Hopkins University, where he earned his doctorate in 1955. He was on the English Department faculty at UNCG from 1953 until his retirement in 1987. Some of Watson's awards and honors include: the American Scholar Poetry Prize (1959), a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship (1974-1975), and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award (1977). Watson was the main architect of UNCG's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, considered one of the best in the nation. In 1966 Watson and graduate writing student Lawrence Judson Reynolds began the Greensboro Review, a respected literary journal that has since earned a national reputation.

 

Watson died in 2012.

 

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