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Grant C. Knight papers, 1924-1955

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Grant C. Knight papers




University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


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Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Grant C. Knight papers, 1924-1955, 1M50M9, 1M64M77, 1M73M26, AAM7600LM, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


2.6 cubic ft.


Author, teacher. Knight, a graduate of Albright College, received his MA from Gettysburg College. He joined the English faculty at the University of Kentucky in 1923, and remained with that department the rest of his life. He was the first person honored by the university's College of Arts and Sciences as "Distinguished Professor of the Year," and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Albright in 1951. His works included JAMES LANE ALLEN AND THE GENTEEL TRADITION, a biography of the Kentucky author, and two volumes of a planned trilogy on American literature at the turn of the twentieth century. The two volumes were THE CRITICAL PERIOD IN AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1890- 1900 and THE STRENUOUS AGE IN AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1900-1910. He was engaged in research for the third volume at the time of his death in 1956.

Scope and Content

This is a collection comprised of several distinct accessions of the papers of Grant C. Knight. 50M9 contains letters dating from 1924 to 1949, many of them from American authors of the twentieth century, including Van Wyck Brooks, Bennett Cerf, Norman Cousins, Thoedore Dreiser, Max Eastman, Hamlin Garland, Elizabeth Hardwick, Helen Keller, Christopher Morley, Elizabeth Madox Roberts and Robert Penn Warren. 52M59 contains a typescript and galley proofs of THE CRITICAL PERIOD IN AMERICAN LITERATURE. 64M77 contains papers dating from 1916 to 1957, including letters from Jacques Barzun, Upton Sinclair, Jesse Stuart and Robert Penn Warren. Also included are typescripts of THE CRITICAL PERIOD and THE STRENUOUS AGE, a scrapbook containing reviews, announcements and letters about Grant's publications, and drafts of stories, scholarly articles, etc. 73M26 is a typescript of THE TWIST OF THE ROOT.


  • Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925.
  • Barzun, Jacques, 1907-
  • Brooks, Van Wyck, 1886-1963.
  • Cerf, Bennett, 1898-1971.
  • Cousins, Norman.
  • Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945.
  • Eastman, Max, 1883-1969.
  • Garland, Hamlin, 1860-1940.
  • Hardwick, Elizabeth.
  • Keller, Helen, 1880-1968.
  • Knight, Grant Cochran, 1893-1956.
  • Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957.
  • Roberts, Elizabeth Madox, 1881-1941.
  • Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968.
  • Stuart, Jesse, 1907-
  • Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-
  • American literature--20th century.
  • Authors, American.
  • Manuscripts (for publication)
  • Scrapbooks

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