Tag Archive

Carl Becker

Mad about the Goy: Gentile Patronage and the Academy

The historian and literary scholar Daniel Aaron died April 30th, at the age of 103. A founder of the field of American Studies, I actually ran across correspondence between Aaron and Sinclair Lewis in the latter’s papers, which is just a small token of Aaron’s longevity and importance in the world of U.S. literature. Aaron was one of the founders of the Library of America, and the author of classics like Men of Good Hope and Writers on the Left. I’ll have more to say about Aaron next week, but for now, here are two warm and informative obituaries (Boston Read more