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 website. "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.

Read his New York Times obituary.

Birthday messages for Mike

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 brings us a collection of nine new and recent essays that challenge the reader to think about poetry in new ways. In these essays, three of them never before published, Abrams engages afresh with pivotal figures in intellectual and literary history, among them Kant, Keats, and Hazlitt.

The Fourth Dimension of a Poem



M.H. Abrams in the news:

A Conversation with M.H. Abrams:

Open Mic for Mike - A Tribute to M.H. Abrams:

Lianne Bornfeld (Cornell University), Winner of the Poems Aloud Recitation Contest: