PhD 1968, Stanford University
20th Century Literature and Modern Poetics
Timothy Materer is the author of James Merrill's Apocalypse (Cornell 2000), Modernist Alchemy: Poetry and the Occult (Cornell 1995), Vortex: Pound, Eliot, Lewis (Cornell 1979), and Wyndham Lewis the Novelist (Wayne State University 1976); and he has edited two volumes of Ezra Pound's letters, Pound/Lewis: The Letters of Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis (New Directions and Faber 1985) and The Selected Letters of Ezra Pound to John Quinn (Duke 1991). He has received fellowships from the NEH, ACLS, and the Guggenheim Foundation. His publications include articles on T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop and James Merrill. He wrote the annual chapters on Modern Poetry in American Literary Scholarship (Duke 1995-2000) and is the moderator of the James Merrill electronic discussion list. He has received Twentieth Century Literature's award for the best article of the year ("Occultism in Sylvia Plath," 1991), a Gold Chalk Graduate Teaching award (1996), a Big 12 Fellowship (2001), the Byler Distinguished Professor Award (2004), and Lambda Chi Alpha's "Professor of the Year" award (2006). With the cooperation of Washington University, he is constructing websites devoted to the poetry manuscripts of James Merrill. Currently he is teaching courses on modern authors for Osher Lifelong Learning.
Byler Distinguished Faculty Award
Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
Timothy Materer. "James Merrill's Polyphonic Muse." Contemporary Literature (Winter 2006)
Timothy Materer. "Poetry: A Magazine of Verse." American History Through Literature, 1820-1870 Ed. Thomas V. Quirk and Gary Scharnhorst. V.2. New York: Charles Scribner's, 2006. 850-53.
Timothy Materer. "Imagism." American History Through Literature 1820-1870 Ed. Thomas V. Quirk and Gary Scharnhorst. V.2. New York: Charles Scribner's, 2006. 483-86
Timothy Materer. "Mirrored Lives: James Merrill and Elizabeth Bishop." Twentieth-Century Literature 51.2 (Summer 2005): 179-209
Timothy Materer. "Vorticism." The Ezra Pound Encyclopedia Ed. Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos and Stephen J. Adams. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2005. 230-32.
Timothy Materer. "James Merrill." The Literary Encyclopedia (invited) University of East Anglia, Norwich. Fall 2005. www.litencyc.com
Timothy Materer. James Merrill's Apocalypse (Cornell, 2000) www.cornellpress.cornell.edu
Author. James Merrill's Late Poetry: AIDS and "The Stripping Process" Arizona Quarterly (2008)
“T. S. Eliot and his Biographical Critics.” Essays in Criticism. 62:1 (2012): 41-57