North American Scholar

CLARK, Charles Upson

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1875-01-14
  • Born City: Springfield
  • Born State/Country: MA
  • Parents: Edward Perkins & Kate Pickens Upson C.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1960-09-29
  • Death City: New York
  • Death State/Country: NY
  • Married: Annie White Frary, 7 Sept. 1900.
  • Education:

    A.B. Yale, 1897; Ph.D. 1903; study at Munich, Rome, Grenoble, & Paris, 1898-1901.

  • Professional Experience:

    Asst. prof, class. Yale, 1904-16; princ. Massawippi Summer School (Hatley, Quebec), 1908-28; dir. summ. sch. AAR, 1916-19; lctr. NY Bd. Educ, 1908-16; lctr. Romania, 1927, 1930, 1935-7, 1940; res. investig. in Europe for Smithsonian Inst., 1929-31, 1936, 1939-41; for Wenner-Gren found., 1952; prof. mod. langs. CCNY, 1932-40; commander, Crown of Italy.

  • Dissertation:

    “The Text Tradition of Ammianus Marcellinus . . . with Five Manuscript Facsimiles” (Yale, 1903); printed (New Haven, 1904).

  • Publications:

    Ammianus Marcellinus vol. 1 (Berlin, 1910); vol. 2 (Berlin, 1915); First Latin, with J. B. Game (New York, 1917); Collectanea Hispanica (Paris, 1920); Greater Roumania (New York, 1922); Second Latin (Chicago, 1924); Medieval and Late Latin Selections for the Use of College Students (Chicago, 1925); Italian Lessons (New York, 1927); Bessarabia, Russia, and Roumania on the Black Sea (New York, 1927); United Roumania (New York, 1932); Voyageurs, Robes Noires, et Couleurs de Bois (New York, 1934); Racial Aspects of Rumania's Case (New York, 1941); A. Vazquez de Espinosa, Compendio y descripcidn de las Indias Occidentales (Washington, DC, 1948).

  • Notes:

    Clark developed an amazing proficiency in European languages during his post-doctoral study in Europe. Colleagues spoke of the talent and industry that enabled him to produce a major edition of Ammianus Marcellinus and also run a summer school in Canada After finishing his edition, which was at the time one of the best critical editions of the text of an ancient author by an American, and after completing his elementary Latin textbook, he resigned his position to direct the summer sessions at the AAR to become a free-lance lecturer in Europe and America. After World War I he developed an interest in Romania and lectured both in and about the country, compiling the substance of his lectures into books. On his return to America, he taught modern languages at CCNY.

  • Sources:

    NYTimes (30 Sept. 1960) 27; Speculum 36 (1961) 536; WhAm 4:174.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.