John McCormick Collection

John McCormick Collection

Book with glassesJohn Owen McCormick (1918- ) is a comparative literature and Santayana scholar. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 1942. He received his Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University in 1947 and 1951, respectively. McCormick taught Comparative Literature at Rutgers University for many years and has been a Lecturer and Visiting Professor at many educational institutions, including Free University in Berlin, Bennington College, National University of Mexico, Princeton University, and Indiana University. McCormick was a Guggenheim Fellow, Bruern Fellow, and won the Longview Foundation Award for Non-Fiction.

McCormick has published many articles and books, including George Santayana: A Biography (Paragon House, 1987). McCormick conducted meticulous research for the biography and the Santayana Edition has acquired McCormick’s papers from the Santayana research and book. The McCormick Papers include copies of the marginalia from Santayana’s books with McCormick’s annotations, correspondence, notes, articles about Santayana, criticisms of Santayana, and receipts from McCormick’s Spain research trip. McCormick’s papers have been organized by year in Santayana’s life and by theme. The McCormick Papers are a valuable resource to researchers of the life and work of George Santayana.