Correspondence between Lawrence Willson, a well-known English professor at UCSB and Neil York.
Lawrence Willson was born in Lancaster, New Hampshire, on May 6, 1911. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan
University in Connecticut in 1934 and earned a doctorate in English from Yale University in 1944. He taught at Delaware, Tennessee,
Wesleyan, and Berkeley before coming to the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 1947, where he was a professor
of English, a Henry D. Thoreau scholar, and a longtime active member in the UCSB Phi Beta Kappa chapter. He retired in 1978
and died in Santa Barbara on January 28, 1996. A Lawrence Willson Memorial Lectureship was established later in 1996 and has
been awarded to some of the most distinguished faculty at UCSB.
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