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Theodore Hornberger

Theodore Hornberger was a Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania 1960-1974. He was born in Northville, Michigan on January 13, 1906. He earned B.S. (1927), M.A. (1929) and Ph.D. (1934) degrees all from the University of Michigan, where he also served as an Instructor of English, 1928-1936, and Assistant Professor of English, 1936-1937. Hornberger was also a Professor of English at the University of Texas, 1937-1946 and a Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, 1946-1960, where he was also chair of the English department, 1950-1958. Additionally, he served as a visiting lecturer at Harvard University (1938), Northwestern University (1940), Duke University (1941, 1942, and 1950), Ohio State University (1945), and the University of Brazil (1952). 

Dr. Hornberger joined the University of Pennsylvania in 1960 as a Professor of English. He served as chair of the graduate group in English, 1965-1967 and acting chair of the Department of English, 1968-1969. He was appointed John Welsh Centennial Professor of History and English Literature in 1968 and upon his retirement in 1974 became John Welsh Centennial Professor Emeritus of History and English Literature. 

He was the author of Scientific Thought in the American Colleges, 1638-1800 (1945) and many scholarly journal articles. He was editor of Mark Twain’s Letters to Will Bowen (1941), William Cullen Bryant and Isaac Henderson (1950), and Literature of the United States (1966). 

Dr. Hornberger was a member of the Modern Language Association (chair of its American literature group in 1956), the National Council of Teachers of English (chair of its College Section 1951-1952), the History of Science Society, the College English Association, the American Historical Association, the American Dialect Society, and the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. 

Theodore Hornberger died on March 14, 1975 in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he was a visiting Professor of English at the University of Minnesota. He was survived by his wife, Marian Welles Hornberger, and two daughters, Jean Alice (Mrs. Roland Cleveland) and Katharine Watson (Mrs. Allen Denenberg).

Doctoral Dissertations Chaired


Mary B. Guthrow "Tales of the Revolution: The Revolutionary War in American Fiction Before 1860"


Ellen Brandt "A Critical Study of Susanna Haswell Rowson"
Bruce E Petree "William Cullen Bryant and American Poetry, 1829-1860"
Chester Sadowy "Benjamin Colman as Literary Artist "


James T. Kelleher "Hugh Henry Brackenridge as Literary Artist"


Jane E. Gulick "The Moral Vision of William Dean Howells and Its Effect Upon His Major Novels"
Louis Oldani "A Study of Dreiser's The "Genius""
David Parker "The Application of Humiliation: Ramist Logic and the Rise of Preparationism in New England"
John W Tallon "The Aesthetic Attitudes of Jonathan Edwards"


Joseph J. Feeney "American Anti-War Literature of World War I: Six Major Figures"
Sister Sara McAlpin "Enlightening the Commonplace: The Art of Sarah Jewett, Willa Cather and Ruth Suckow"


Paul A Cruser "The Ficiton of Flannery O'Conner"


J. Edward Schamberger "Scottish Common Sense Philosophy in New England Transcendentalism"


Norma Dunn "Ellen Glasgow's "Search for Truth""
Kelley E. Griffith, Jr. "The Genteel Romance in American Fiction, 1870–1910"
Dominic O’Brien "Bret Harte: A Survey of the Criticism of His Work, 1864-1964"
Raymond C Phillips "Francis Marion Crawford"


Delmont F. Fleming "Humor in the Works of Thomas Wolfe"


Allen G Shepherd III "A Critical Study of the Fiction of Robert Penn Warren"
Robert Edwin Wilkinson "A Study of Theodore Dreiser's "The Financier""


Claude William LaSalle II "Thomas Wolfe: The Dramatic Apprenticeship"
Joseph A Leo Lemay "A Literary History of Colonial Maryland"
Irene Morris Reiter "A Study of James T Farrell's Short Stories and their Relation to his Longer Fiction"
Simeon Mozart Smith Jr "Carson McCullers: A Critical Introduction"


Frederic Griswold Hyde "American Literature and the Spanish-American War: A Study of the Work of Crane, Norris, Fox and R. H. Davis"
Leroy C. Kauffmann "The Influence of Friedrich Nietzsche on American Literature"
Wilson H Kimnach "The Literary Techniques of Jonathan Edwards"


Lawrence Ivan Berkove "Ambrose Bierce's Concern with Mind and Man"