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Joseph Warren Beach
After taking his M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard University, Joseph Warren Beach returned to Minneapolis in 1907 to the Department of English at the University of Minnesota, his undergraduate alma mater. Starting as Assistant Professor, he became Associate Professor in 1917 and Professor in 1924. Beach chaired the English Department from 1939 to 1948, after which time he retired. An expert in many literary figures -- Henry James, George Meredith, Thomas Hardy, and nineteenth-century literature in general -- Beach had a special love for poetry. His The Making of the Auden Canon (1957) was a masterful study of how Auden revised his earlier-published poems as his view of the world changed. Beach also brought out two volumes of his own poetry, Sonnets of the Head and Heart (1903) and Involuntary Witness (1950). By his first wife, Elisabeth Northrop (1871-1917, m. 1907), he had two sons, Northrop (1912-) and Warren (1914-). His second wife was Dagmar Doneghy, who married him in 1918. His brief life in The National Cyclopędia of American Biography, 47 (1965): 596-97, tells us that outdoor camping was an important part of his life. His letters and papers are in the Library of Congress. Biographical information Given name: Joseph Warren Family name: Beach Title: Professor Emeritus Birth date: 14 January 1880 Death date: 13 August 1957 Nationality: American Education University of Minnesota (B.A.) to 1900 Harvard University (M.A.) to 1902 Harvard University (Ph.D.) to 1907 Politics: Independent Liberal Honour: Outstanding Achievement Award, Univ. of Minnesota: 1951 Literary period: modern Occupation: Professor: 1907 to 1948 Residences Minneapolis, Minnesota to 1957 Gloversville, New York: 1880

the admonition by the author to all young gentlewomen: and to all other maids being in love
Ye Virgins, ye from Cupid's tents
do bear away the foil,
Whose hearts as yet with ... [read poem]
i. w. to her unconstant lover
As close as you your wedding kept,
yet now the truth I hear,
Which you (ere now) m... [read poem]
to her sister mistress a. b.
Because I to my brethern wrote
and to my sisters two:
Good sister Anne, you this m... [read poem]
an order prescribed, by is. w., to two of her younger sisters serving in london
Good sisters mine, when I
shall further from you dwell,
Peruse these lines, observ... [read poem]
the view at gunderson's
Sitting in his rocker waiting for your tea,
Gazing from his window, this is what you see:
... [read poem]
a sweet nosegay, or pleasant poesy, containing a hundred and ten philosophical flowers


Those strokes which mates in mirth do give
do seem to be... [read poem]
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