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James Ralston Caldwell (1900–1965)

Author of John Keats' fancy : the effect on Keats of the psychology of his day

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James Ralston Caldwell, English: Berkeley

1900-1965
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James Ralston Caldwell, the son of Joseph Ralston and Anna Hyatt Caldwell, was born on January 20, 1900, in Hastings, Minnesota. He received his baccalaureate from Princeton, with a major in philosophy, in 1922, and his A.M. in English from Wisconsin in 1925. He was awarded the Ph.D. from Harvard in 1930. During his graduate residence at Wisconsin he was instructor in English, and was a tutor at Harvard while working toward his doctorate. He joined the Berkeley faculty as assistant professor of English in 1930, and attained his professorship in 1946. Professor Caldwell had not been in good health for several years before his death, but though confined to his house during the Spring semester of 1965 he continued to offer his seminar in the Romantic poets. He died on April 4th.

On September 1, 1929, he married Katherine Field Ehrgott. He is survived by his widow; a daughter, Sara Field Caldwell of New York City; his son, Daniel Ralston Caldwell, of Silver Spring, Maryland, a granddaughter Lisa, and a sister, Josephine, of Madison, Wisconsin.

The most arresting characteristic of Professor Caldwell's career was the range and variety of his talents and achievements. He was trained in the grand tradition of English and Germanic philology--a student of medieval Latin, of Gothic, and Old Norse. His doctoral dissertation was an edition of a medieval English romance for which he furnished a commentary that compelled him to make forays into the field of medieval
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