M.H. Abrams (1912-2015)
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When Class of 1916 Professor Emeritus M. H. "Mike" Abrams turned 100 on July 23, 2012, his life was celebrated in a major event at Cornell University, commemorated on this page. "His passing is a deep loss to the College of Arts and Sciences and to all of us who love literature," says Gretchen Ritter '83, the Harold Tanner Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
One of the most distinguished scholars ever to teach at Cornell, Professor Abrams was the author of The Mirror and the Lamp, named one of the 100 most important works of non-fiction of the 20th century by the Modern Library, and was the founding editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature. In 2012, W. W. Norton published a new book by Abrams, The Fourth Dimension of a Poem and Other Essays.
"Remembering M.H. Abrams" - Sept. 12, 2015 Memorial Service
The Fourth Dimension of a Poem
With a Foreword by Harold Bloom
A new collection of essays by the legendary literary scholar and critic.
In the year of his one-hundredth birthday, preeminent literary critic, scholar, and teacher M. H. Abrams brought us a collection of nine new and recent essays that challenged the reader to think about poetry in new ways. In these essays, three of them never before published, Abrams engaged afresh with pivotal figures in intellectual and literary history, among them Kant, Keats, and Hazlitt.
A Conversation with M.H. Abrams:
M.H. Abrams' 100th birthday in the news
- English professor Mike Abrams fêted at 100th birthday bash, Cornell Alumni Magazine
- The Centarian Scholar, Inside Higher Ed
- The Last Critic Turns 100, Tablet
- Cornell's M.H. Abrams marking 100th birthday with book release, celebration, Ithaca Times
- Cornell celebrates 100-year-old literary scholar M.H. Abrams, Ithaca Journal
- Cornell to fete M.H. 'Mike' Abrams as he turns 100, Cornell Chronicle
- Faculty reflect on the legacy of M.H. Abrams, Cornell Chronicle
Open Mic for Mike - A Tribute to M.H. Abrams
Lianne Bornfeld (Cornell University), Winner of the Poems Aloud Recitation Contest
Birthday Messages for Mike
Submitted by Steve Lisberer on Sep 6, 2012
I have fond memories of your Romantic Literature class in 1958. I have long since discarded most of my college textbooks, but have kept The College Survey of English Literature, Vol. 2, which was the book that you taught from. How many students you must have influenced with your wonderful teaching. Alys Chew ('60) Yeh.