An internationally recognized scholar in the works of 19th
century poet Robert Browning, Boyd Litzinger taught at St. Bonaventure from 1959
to 1987. His scholarship
concentrated on the major Victorian poets, and showed a particular interest in
Browning’s critical reputation. Several
of his books reviewed and collated the work of the critics, demonstrating the
evolution of critical thinking about the poet over the intervening decades.
Litzinger’s work also included a well-received textbook in English
composition and a novel of international intrigue starring a professor of
Litzinger was born April 2, 1929 in Johnstown, PA.
He did his undergraduate studies at St. Francis College and the
University of South Carolina. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in biology at the
latter institution, he continued his education there, earning a Master’s
degree in English. He did his
doctoral work at the University of Tennessee graduating with a Ph.D. in English
Litzinger’s teaching career began at the University of
Tennessee where he worked as a teaching assistant. He continued as an instructor at Texas Technological
University, then as an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina
before joining St. Bonaventure University in 1959.
He was chairman of the English Department at St. Bonaventure in 1961-62;
assistant, then associate dean and chairman of the Arts Division of the School
of Arts and Sciences from 1966-69; dean of the School of Arts and Sciences from
1969 to 1974.
Litzinger died June 3, 1987.
The St. Bonaventure Archives hold some of Litzinger's papers and manuscripts.
Works by Boyd A. Litzinger
*Robert Browning and the Babylonian Woman. Waco:
Baylor University, 1962.
Time’s Revenges; Browning’s Reputation as a Thinker,
University of Tennessee Press, 1964.
*Watch it, Dr. Adrian.
York: Putnam’s, 1977.
The Browning Critics (with K. L. Knickerbocker).
Lexington: University of Kentucky
Browning: the Critical Heritage (with Donald
Smalley). New York: Barnes & Noble, 1970.
The Heath Reader. Lexington:
*The Heath Reader.
2nd ed. Lexington: Heath, 1987.
The Heath Reader (with
Santi V. Buscemi). 3rd ed. Lexington: Heath, 1990.
Story: Fictions Past and Present (with
Joyce Carol Oates). Lexington: Heath, 1985.
in Journals & Books
“The Athenaeum Incident: Browning and His Son” Studies
in Browning and His Circle: A Journal of Criticism, History, and Bibliography 3:2
“Browning's Measure of Man” Cithara 6:2
"Browning's Reputation as a Thinker, 1889-1900." Tennessee Studies in Literature 4 (1959) 43-50.
“Browning’s ‘The Statue and the Bust’ Once More” in Studies
in Honor of John C. Hodges and Alwin Thayler. in
Tennessee Studies in Literature, Special Number (1961).
*“The Catholic College: Models for the Future” The
Catholic Educational Review 64:9 (Dec. 1966) 608-611.
Sherman Goes to the Theatre” (with Edward Eckert) Vignettes of Military
History 98 (May 29, 1978)
“The Genesis of Hopkin’s ‘Heaven-Haven’” Victorian
Newsletter 17 (Spring 1960) 31-33.
“Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Wild Vicissitudes of
Taste” Critic 21:2 (Oct.-Nov. 1962) 600-601.
“Hopkins’ ‘The Habit of Perfection’” Explicator
16:1 (Oct. 1957) item 1.
“Hopkins’ ‘The Wreck of the Deutschland’,
Stanza 19” Explicator 20:1 (Sept. 1961) item 7
“Hopkins’ ‘Wreck of the Deutschland’, Stanza
33” Explicator 18:3 (Dec. 1959) item 19.
“Hopkin's ‘Pied Beauty’ Once More” Renascence
13:3 (Spring 1961) 136-138.
“Incident as Microcosm: The Prior’s Niece in ‘Fra Lippo
22:6 (March 1961) 410-411.
“Mythmaking in America: 'The Great Stone Face' and
Raintree County” Tennessee Studies in Literature 8 (1963) 81-84.
“The New Vision of Judgment: The Case of St. Guido”
Tennessee Studies in Literature 20 (1975) 69-75.
“Once More, 'The Windhover'”
Victorian Poetry 5:3 (1967) 228-230.
“The Pattern of Ascent in Hopkins” Victorian Poetry 2:1 (Winter 1964) 43-47.
Gallico” in Dictionary of Literary Biography 9: American Novelists,
1910-1945, Part 2. Detroit: Gale, 1981. 43-44.
“The Structural Logic of The Ring and The Book” in Nineteenth-Century
Literary Perspectives: Essays in Honor of Lionel Stevenson. Durham: Duke
University Press, 1974. 105-114.
“The Structure of Tennyson's 'The Last Tournament'”
Victorian Poetry 1 (1963) 53-60.
“'To Seem the Stranger. . .'”
Hopkins Quarterly 1 (1974) 41-42.
“Two Notes on 'The Wreck of the Deutschland’”
Victorian Poetry 21:2 (1983 Summer) 191-195.
“The Ultimate Utopia; or, Here Comes Plastic Man” Delta
Epsilon Sigma Bulletin 18:1 (March 1973) 10-12.
The Barretts at Hope End: The Early Diaries of Elizabeth
Barrett Browning ; Browning’s Lyrics / Eleanor Cook ; Robert Browning / Robert
B. Pearson ; Robert & Elizabeth Barrett Browning: An Annotated Bibliography,
1951-1970 / William S. Peterson ; Browning Institute Studies, vol.2 ; Loss and
Gain: An Essay of Browning’s Dramatis Personae / Lawrence Poston in Victorian
Studies (June 1976) 533-534.
Browning’s Roman Murder Story / Richard D. Altick
& James F. Loucks in Journal of English and Germanic Philology
68:3 (July 1969) 547-550.
Browning's Trumpeter: The Correspondence of Robert Browning and Frederick J. Furnivall, 1872-1899 / William S. Peterson in Cithara 19.1 (1979) 51-53.
Catalogue of the Browning Collection, The University of Texas / Warner Barnes in Cithara 6.1 (1968) 80-3.
The Disappearance of God / J. Hillis Miller in Journal
of English and Germanic Philology 63 (1964) 818-820.
The Journals and Papers of Gerard House ; The Sermons
and Devotional Writings of Gerard Manley Hopkins in Cithara 1:1 (Nov.
The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1845-1846 / Elvan Kintner in Cithara 10.1 (1970) 93-5.
A Reader’s Guide to Robert Browning / Norton B.
Crowell in Journal of English and Germanic Philology 72:4 (Oct. 1973)
The Tragi-Comedy of Pen Browning (1849-1912) / Maisie Ward in Cithara 13.1 (1973) 98-100.
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