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Mark Schorer (May 17, 1908 – August 11, 1977) was an American writer, critic, and scholar born in Sauk City, Wisconsin.[1]



Schorer earned an MA at Harvard and his Ph.D. in English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1936.[2] During his academic career, he held positions at Dartmouth, Harvard, and the University of California, Berkeley, where he chaired the Department of English from 1960 to 1965.[3] A leading critic of his time, he was best known for his work, Sinclair Lewis: An American Life. Schorer was also the author of many short stories, which appeared in magazines such as The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic Monthly, and Esquire.[3]

Among his honors were three Guggenheim Fellowships, a Fulbright professorship at the University of Pisa and a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. He also was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the most prestigious honor society for creative arts in the country.[3] He is portrayed in the film Howl (2010) by Treat Williams.

Schorer died from a blood infection following bladder surgery in Oakland, California at the age of 69.[4]

Literary worksEdit

  • A House Too Old (1935)
  • William Blake: The Politics of Vision (1946)
  • Technique as Discovery (1948)
  • Wars of Love (1954)
  • Sinclair Lewis: An American Life (1961)
  • Colonel Markesan and Less Pleasant People (1966) with August Derleth
  • The World We Imagine (1968)
  • Pieces of Life (1977)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Mark Schorer author, biographer dead at 69," Wisconsin State Journal August 16, 1977. p. 21, col. 1
  2. ^ "Author: Mark Schorer", LibraryThing website
  3. ^ a b c "Author Schorer, 69, Dies," Oakland Tribune, August 13, 1977 p. 42, col. 3
  4. ^ Schorer, Mark 1908 - 1977

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