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Wallace Fowlie

Born: Nov 8, 1908

Death: Aug 16, 1998

Birthplace: Brookline

Nationality: United States

Wallace Fowlie

Date of Birth : Nov 8, 1908
Date of Death : Aug 16, 1998
Birth Place : Brookline

Wallace Fowlie was an American writer and professor of literature. He was the James B. Duke Professor of French Literature at Duke University from 1964. Known for his translations of the poet Arthur Rimbaud and his critical studies of French poetry and drama, he also wrote about rock-poet Jim Morrison. Perhaps his most enduring legacy, however, is the product of six decades of teaching at universities in the United States, including Yale, Bennington, Holy Cross, U. Colorado-Boulder, and Duke. Devoted to teaching, particularly undergraduate courses in French, Italian, and modernist literature, Fowlie influenced several generations of American college students. Fowlie received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship in 1947. Fowlie corresponded with literary figures such as Henry Miller, Rene Char, Jean Cocteau, Andre Gide, Alexis Leger, Marianne Moore, and Anais Nin. His translations of Rimbaud were appreciated by a younger generation that included Jim Morrison and Patti Smith. In 1990, Fowlie consulted with director Oliver Stone on the film The Doors.

Awards Won


  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
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