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Selected Poetry of Joseph Warren Beach (1880-1957)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

You saw little worth the strife:
What he sees is one man's life.
        (The View at Gunderson's , 25-26)
  1. The View at Gunderson's

Notes on Life and Works

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 Cyclopædia 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
          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
          Minneapolis, Minnesota to 1957
          Gloversville, New York: 1880
First RPO edition: 2003