Putnam, Michael Courtney Jenkins 1933-
PUTNAM, Michael Courtney Jenkins 1933-
PERSONAL: Born September 20, 1933, in Springfield, MA; son of Roger Lowell and Caroline (Jenkins) Putnam. Education: Harvard University, A.B., 1954, A.M., 1956, Ph.D., 1959. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Roman Catholic.
CAREER: Smith College, Northampton, MA, instructor in classics, 1959-60; Brown University, Providence, RI, 1960-67, instructor, 1960-61, assistant professor, 1961-64, associate professor, 1964-67, professor of classics, beginning 1967, W. Duncan MacMillan II Professor of Classics and professor of comparative literature, 1985, department chair, 1968, 1970-72, 1977-78, 1994-95, acting director of Center for Hellenic Studies, 1961-62. American Academy in Rome, scholar in residence, 1969-70, member of classical jury, 1982-83, Mellon Professor in charge, 1989-91, trustee, 1991; Harvard University, acting director of Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, DC, senior fellow, 1971-86; Columbia University seminar on classical civilization, associate, 1972; Princeton University, chair of advisory council on classics, 1983-87; Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, member, 1987-88; Cornell University, Townsend Professor of Classics, 1985. Catholic Commission on Intellectual and Cultural Affairs, member, 1969. Lowell Observatory, sole trustee, 1967-87, member of board of advisors, beginning 1987; Bay Chamber Concerts, Camden, ME, member of board of trustees, 1972-88, incorporator, 1988-94.
MEMBER: American Philological Association (member of board of directors, 1972-75; chair of committee on award of merit, 1977-78; president, 1982; financial trustee, 1997-2004), American Philosophical Society, Archaeological Institute of America, Mediaeval Academy of America, Virgilian Society of America (member of board of trustees, 1969-73; vice president, 1974-76), American Academy of Arts and Sciences (fellow), Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (member of council, 1996-99), American Academy in Rome, Keats-Shelley Memorial Association (Rome), Accademia Nazionale Virgiliana, Classical Association of New England, Providence Art Club, Boston Tavern Club.
AWARDS, HONORS: Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, 1963-64; Guggenheim fellow, 1966-67; Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit, American Philological Association, 1971; senior fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1973-74; fellow, American Council of Learned Societies, 1983-84; LL. D., Lawrence University, 1985; Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar, 1994-95.
The Poetry of the Aeneid: Four Studies in Imaginative Unity and Design, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA), 1965, reprinted, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 1988.
Virgil's Pastoral Art: Studies in the Eclogues, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 1970.
Tibullus: A Commentary, University of Oklahoma Press (Norman, OK), 1973.
Virgil's Poem of the Earth: Studies in the Georgics, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 1979.
Essays on Latin Lyric, Elegy, and Epic, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 1982.
Artifices of Eternity: Horace's Fourth Book of Odes, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 1986.
Virgil's Aeneid: Interpretation and Influence, University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill, NC), 1995.
Contributor of articles and reviews to classical studies journals. Editor, Arethusa, 1981.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Thibodeau, Philip, and Harry Haskell, editors, Being There Together: Essays in Honor of Michael C. J. Putnam on the Occasion of His Seventieth Birthday, Afton Historical Society Press (Afton, MN), 2003.
American Journal of Philology, winter, 1988, review of Artifices of Eternity: Horace's Fourth Book of Odes, p. 615.
Choice, October, 1986, review of Artifices of Eternity, p. 296; January, 1999, review of Virgil's Epic Designs: Ekphrasis in the Aeneid, p. 882.
Classical Journal, April, 1984, review of Virgil's Poem of the Earth: Studies in the Georgics, p. 371; December, 1996, review of Virgil's Aeneid: Interpretation and Influence, p. 185.
Classical Outlook, October, 1988, review of Artifices of Eternity, p. 32; winter, 1997, review of Virgil's Aeneid, p. 79.
Classical Review, February, 1996, review of Virgil's Aeneid, p. 239.
Classical World, July, 1997, review of Virgil's Aeneid, p. 455.
Dalhousie Review, autumn, 1997, review of Virgil's Epic Designs, p. 429.
New York Review of Books, November 18, 1999, review of Virgil's Epic Designs, p. 60.
Religious Studies Review, April, 1988, review of Artifices of Eternity, p. 156; July, 1996, review of Virgil's Aeneid, p. 243; October, 1999, review of Virgil's Epic Designs, p. 418.
Times Literary Supplement, June 11, 1982, review of Essays on Latin Lyric, Elegy, and Epic, p. 634; October 18, 2002, Llewelyn Morgan, review of Horace's Carmen saeculare: Ritual Magic and the Poet's Art, p. 27.
Virginia Quarterly Review, winter, 1987, review of Artifices of Eternity, p. 18.
Yale University Press Web site, http://www.yale.edu/yup/ (April 18, 2003), publisher's descriptions of Horace's Carmen saeculare, and Virgil's Epic Designs.*