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Ports and Happy Havens: An Autobiography

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0887

This collection consists primarily of a typescript of Alwin Thaler's Ports and Happy Havens: An Autobiography. Also included are a poem entitled The Man of the Hour (1911) and a program for Thaler's lecture to Phi Kappa Phi (entitled "Shakespeare and Our World").

Dates

  • 1911 August 2, 1957 April 30, 1971-1974 August 7
  • Majority of material found within 1971-1974

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists primarily of a typescript of Alwin Thaler's Ports and Happy Havens: An Autobiography. Also included are a poem entitled The Man of the Hour (1911) and a program for Thaler's lecture to Phi Kappa Phi (entitled "Shakespeare and Our World").

Biographical/Historical Note

Alwin Thaler was born to Adolf and Rosa (Von Halle) Thaler in Hamburg, Germany on January 10, 1891. The family immigrated to the United States in 1900 and settled in Brooklyn, New York. Thaler earned his B.A. from Adelphi College (1912), his M.A. from Columbia University (1914), his Ph.D. from Harvard (1918), and his Litt.D. from Adelphi University (1967). He married Harriet Page Albright (1895-1977) on August 14, 1920, and the couple had two children, Richard Winston (1925-1972) and Roderick Page (1927-1974). Thaler began his professional career as an Instructor in English at Adelphi University (1912-1913) and went on to work as an Instructor in English at Northwestern University (1913-1916), as a Sheldon Traveling Fellow at Harvard (1919-1920), and as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley (1920-1923) before coming to the University of Tennessee as a Professor of English. He continued to teach at U.T. until retiring in 1961. Thaler also served with the U.S. Navy during World War I, held visiting professorships at Stanford College (1925), Emory University (1961-1963), and Tennessee Wesleyan (1964), and served as a Guggenheim Traveling Fellow (1929-1930). He wrote a number of books during his career, including Shakespeare to Sheridan (1922), Shakespeare’s Silences (1929), Shakespeare and Democracy (1941), Shakespeare and Sir Philip Sidney (1947), Shakespeare and Our World (1966), and Ports and Happy Havens: An Autobiography (1974). Alwin Thaler died in Knoxville, Tennessee on November 2, 1977.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single box.

Acquisition Note

Alwin Thaler donated this typescript to Special Collections.

Existence and Location of Copies

Copies of Ports and Happy Havens: An Autobiography have been cataloged into both the general and Rare Books stacks (PS3539.H138 Z5).

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480