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Pizer, Donald 1929-

PIZER, Donald 1929-

PERSONAL: Born April 5, 1929, in New York, NY; son of Morris (a union leader) and Helen (Rosenfeld) Pizer; married Carol Hart (an academic counselor), April 7, 1966; children: Karin, Ann, Margaret. Education: University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1951, M.A., 1952, Ph.D., 1955.

ADDRESSES: Home—6320 Story St., New Orleans, LA 70118. Office—Department of English, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118. E-mail—[email protected] tulane.edu.

CAREER: Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, assistant professor, 1957-61, associate professor, 1961-64, professor of English, beginning 1964, Pierce Butler Professor of English, 1972-2001, professor emeritus, 2001—; Mellon Professor in the Humanities, 1977-78, and University Chairman of English, 1980-81. Fulbright lecturer, University of Hamburg, 1967-68, 1983. Military service: U.S. Army, 1955-57.

MEMBER: Modern Language Association of America, American Literature Association.

AWARDS, HONORS: Guggenheim fellow, 1963; American Council of Learned Societies fellow, 1971-72, 1980; Rosenbach fellow in bibliography, 1971; National Endowment for the Humanities fellow, 1978-79.

WRITINGS:

Hamlin Garland's Early Work and Career, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA), 1960.

Realism and Naturalism in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Southern Illinois University Press (Carbondale, IL), 1966, revised edition, 1984.

The Novels of Frank Norris, Indiana University Press, 1966.

(With Richard W. Dowell and Frederic E. Rusch) Theodore Dreiser: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography, G. K. Hall (Boston, MA), 1975, 2nd edition, 1991.

The Novels of Theodore Dreiser: A Critical Study, University of Minnesota Press (Minneapolis, MN), 1976.

Twentieth-Century American Literary Naturalism: A Interpretation, Southern Illinois University Press (Carbondale, IL), 1982.

Novels and Essays, Literary Classics of the United States (New York, NY), 1986.

Dos Passos' U.S.A.: A Critical Study, University Press of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA), 1988.

The Theory and Practice of American Literary Naturalism: Selected Essays and Reviews, Southern Illinois University Press (Carbondale, IL), 1993.

American Expatriate Writing and the Paris Moment: Modernism and Place, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 1996.

Theodore Dreiser, Gale (Detroit, MI), 2000.

American Literary Naturalism: Recent and Uncollected Essays, Academica Press (Bethesda, MD), 2002.

editor

The Literary Criticism of Frank Norris, University of Texas Press (Austin, TX), 1964.

Hamlin Garland, Diaries, Huntington Library (San Marino, CA), 1968.

Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie, Norton (New York, NY), 1970, revised edition, 1991.

American Thought and Writing: The 1890s, Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1972.

Frank Norris, McTeague: A Story of San Francisco (critical edition), Norton (New York, NY), 1977, revised edition, 1996.

Critical Essays on Theodore Dreiser, G. K. Hall (Boston, MA), 1981.

(With Earl N. Harbert) American Realists and Naturalists, Gale (Detroit, MI), 1982.

Jack London, Novels and Stories; Novels and Social Writings, Library of American (New York, NY), 1982.

(And author of notes) Frank Norris, Novels and Essays, Library of America (New York, NY), 1986.

John Dos Passos: The Major Nonfictional Prose, Wayne State University Press (Detroit, MI), 1988.

Critical Essays on Stephen Crane's "The Red Badge of Courage," G. K. Hall (Boston, MA), 1990.

New Essays on "Sister Carrie," Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 1991.

William Dean Howells, Selected Literary Criticism, 1886-1898, Indiana University Press (Bloomington, IN), 1993.

The Cambridge Companion to American Realism and Naturalism, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 1995.

Documents of American Realism and Naturalism, Southern Illinois University Press (Carbondale, IL), 1998.

John Dos Passos' U.S.A.: A Documentary Volume ("Dictionary of Literary Biography" series), Gale (Detroit, MI), 2003.

editor and author of introduction

Stephen Crane, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, Chandler (San Francisco, CA), 1968.

Themes and Directions in American Literature: Essays in Honor of Leon Howard, Purdue University Studies (Lafayette, IN), 1969.

Hamlin Garland, Rose of Dutcher's Coolly, University of Nebraska Press (Lincoln, NE), 1970.

Hamlin Garland, Main-Travelled Roads, Charles E. Merrill (Columbus, OH), 1970.

Essays in American Literature in Memory of Richard P. Adams, Tulane University Press (New Orleans, LA), 1978.

Hamlin Garland, A Son of the Middle Border, University of Nebraska Press (Lincoln, NE), 1979.

Theodore Dreiser, Jennie Gerhardt, Viking Penguin Classics (New York, NY), 1989.

John Dos Passos, Three Soldiers, Signet Classic (New York, NY), 1997.

Contributor to professional journals. Member of editorial board, American Literature, 1974-77, Studies in American Fiction, 1979—, Nineteenth-Century Literature, 1986—, South Atlantic Review, 1987-90, 1996-99, American Notes & Queries, 1993—, Thalia, 1993—, and Studies in American Realism, 1999—.

SIDELIGHTS: Donald Pizer has spent all of his academic career at Tulane University, where he began as an assistant professor in 1957, became Pierce Butler Professor of English in 1972, and was named professor emeritus in 2001. He has written and edited books covering such late nineteenth-and early-twentieth-century American authors as Hamlin Garland, Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, and John Dos Passos. He is a specialist in the areas of American literary naturalism, the American expatriate movement, and textual editing.

Pizer's 1996 contribution to literary criticism was American Expatriate Writing and the Paris Moment: Modernism and Place. Ruth Morse noted in Journal of European Studies that in this work Pizer demonstrates how expatriates such as Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and Henry Miller "cultivated a literature of exile while constantly referring back to what they had abandoned." "The reader is coerced to 'read' Paris from the viewpoint of both A Moveable Feast and The Sun Also Rises, " explained Linda Wagner-Martin in Studies in the Novel, "and while Pizer seems little concerned with the differences in prose forms … he places Hemingway texts centrally in the two halves of the book." Although questioning Pizer's criteria for including certain texts, Wagner-Martin went on to commend American Expatriate Writing and the Paris Moment as "fully informed and gracefully written." Booklist contributor Alice Joyce also lauded the work, praising Pizer's perceptive commentary as "often stimulating."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

periodicals

American Literature, November, 1979, review of Essays in American Literature in Memory of Richard P. Adams, p. 439; January, 1977, review of The Novels of Theodore Dreiser, p. 603; May, 1984, review of Twentieth-Century American Literary Naturalism, p. 285; May, 1985, review of Realism and Naturalism in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, p. 360; September, 1991, review of Dos Passos' U.S.A.: A Critical Study, p. 557; June, 1991, review of Critical Essays on Stephen Crane's "The Red Badge of Courage," p. 378; June, 1992, review of New Essays on "Sister Carrie," p. 429 and Theodore Dreiser: A Primary Bibliography and Reference Guide, p. 473; March, 1994, review of The Theory and Practice of American Literary Naturalism, p. 211; December, 1996, review of American Expatriate Writing and the Paris Moment: Modernism and Place, p. 879; December, 1998, review of Documents of American Realism and Naturalism, p. 928.

American Reference Books Annual, 1976, review of Theodore Dreiser: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography, p. 595.

American Studies International, February, 1998, review of American Expatriate Writing and the Paris Moment, p. 91.

Antioch Review, summer, 1992, review of New Essays on "Sister Carrie," p. 592.

Booklist, April 1, 1996, Alice Joyce, review of American Expatriate Writing and the Paris Moment, p. 1339.

Books Abroad, spring, 1967.

Choice, October, 1976, review of The Novels of Theodore Dreiser, p. 984; September, 1981, review of Critical Essays on Theodore Dreiser, p. 76; April, 1982, review of Twentieth-Century American Literary Naturalism, p. 1071; May, 1989, review of Dos Passos' U.S.A., p. 1518; March, 1992, review of Theodore Dreiser: A Primary Bibliography and Reference Guide, p. 1052; May, 1992, review of New Essays on "Sister Carrie," p. 1392; September, 1996, review of American Expatriate Writing and the Paris Moment, p. 129; September, 1998, review of Documents of American Realism and Naturalism, p. 126.

Criticism, spring, 1977, review of The Novels of Theodore Dreiser, p. 184.

Journal of American Studies, August, 1980, review of Essays in American Literature in Memory of Richard P. Adams, p. 293; August, 1982, review of Twentieth-Century American Literary Naturalism, p. 319; December, 1993, review of New Essays on "Sister Carrie," p. 426; April, 1997, review of American Expatriate Writing and the Paris Moment, p. 142.

Journal of English and Germanic Philology, April, 1990, review of Dos Passos' U.S.A., p. 266.

Journal of European Studies, December, 1996, Ruth Morse, review of American Expatriate Writing and the Paris Moment, p. 482.

Library Journal, December 1, 1975, review of Theodore Dreiser: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography, p. 2235; March 15, 1976, review of The Novels of Theodore Dreiser, p. 817.

Modern Fiction Studies, winter, 1979, review of The Novels of Theodore Dreiser, p. 633; winter, 1982, review of Twentieth-Century American Literary Naturalism, p. 665; summer, 1989, review of Dos Passos' U.S.A., p. 275.

Modern Language Review, April, 1979, review of The Novels of Theodore Dreiser, p. 435; April, 1988, review of Realism and Naturalism in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, p. 423; April, 1991, review of Dos Passos' U.S.A., p. 435; September, 1998, review of Documents of American Realism and Naturalism, p. 273.

New York Review of Books, May 18, 1967.

Nineteenth-Century Literature, December, 1990, review of Critical Essays on Stephen Crane's "The Red Badge of Courage," p. 407; June, 1992, review of New Essays on "Sister Carrie," p. 137; March, 1994, review of The Theory and Practice of American Literary Naturalism, p. 564.

Reference & Research Book News, February, 1992, review of Theodore Dreiser: A Primary Bibliography and Reference Guide, p. 35; November, 1993, review of The Theory and Practice of American Literary Naturalism, p. 45.

Review of English Studies, November, 1980, review of Essays in American Literature in Memory of Richard P. Adams, p. 498.

Sewanee Review, July, 1997, review of American Expatriate Writing and the Paris Moment, p. 423.

South Atlantic Quarterly, spring, 1969; winter, 1980, review of Essays in American Literature in Memory of Richard P. Adams, p. 122.

Studies in the Novel, summer, 1999, Linda Wagner-Martin, review of American Expatriate Writing and the Paris Movement, p. 252.

Times Literary Supplement, December 3, 1976, review of The Novels of Theodore Dreiser, p. 1502; July 30, 1982, review of Twentieth-Century American Literary Naturalism, p. 838.

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