Terrell, Carroll F(ranklin) 1917-2003

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TERRELL, Carroll F(ranklin) 1917-2003

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born February 21, 1917, in Richmond, ME; died November 29, 2003, in Orono, ME. Educator and author. Terrell was most widely recognized as an authority on Ezra Pound and founding editor of the journal dedicated to Pound scholarship, Paideuma. After graduating from Bowdoin College in 1940, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II, becoming an aide-de-camp to Major-General Edwin Forrest Harding. Returning home, he completed a master's degree at the University of Maine in 1950 and a Ph.D. from New York University in 1956. Terrell's academic career began in 1948, when he joined the University of Maine faculty as an instructor. He would stay at the Orono campus for the rest of his career, becoming a full professor of comparative literature in 1966. Originally interested in T. S. Eliot's works, Terrell later shifted his fascination toward the poetry of Ezra Pound. Wishing to promote scholarship on Pound, he founded the academic journal Paideuma in 1972 and remained its editor until 1998. He also organized conferences, founded a second journal in 1982 called Sagetrieb, which focused on poets such as Pound and William Carlos Williams, and was editor of the "Ezra Pound Scholarship" series and of the two-volume Companion to the Cantos of Ezra Pound (1980, 1985). But Terrell's scholarship was not limited entirely to Pound; he also edited the "Man/Woman and Poet" series, which included scholarly studies of such poets as Basil Bunting, H. D., and Marianne Moore. Terrell composed some of his own poems, too, which are collected in his Smoke and Fire (1984), Rod and Lightning (1985), and Dark and Light (1986). Later in life, he wrote a biography of a fellow Maine author, who was once a student of his, titled Stephen King: Man and Artist (1990), as well as an autobiography Growing Up Kennebec: A Downeast Boyhood (1993).



Independent (London, England), December 3, 2003, p. 22.

Times (London, England), December 5, 2003, p. 46.