North American Scholar

COOPER, Lane

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1875-12-14
  • Born City: New Brunswick
  • Born State/Country: NJ
  • Parents: Jacob, prof. Gk. & philos. at Rutgers, & Mary Linn C.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1959-11-27
  • Death City: Ithaca
  • Death State/Country: NY
  • Education:

    A.B. Rutgers, 1896; study at College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia; M.S. Yale, 1898; additional study at Berlin; Ph.D. Leipzig, 1901; study at College de France, 1902; D. Litt. Rutgers, 1921; L.H.D. Wesleyan, 1943.

  • Professional Experience:

    Tchr. Coll. St. James (Hagerstown, MD), 1898-9; instr. to prof. English Cornell, 1902-41; John Wendell Anderson prof. Eng. lang. & lit., 1941-3; chair, comparative study of literature program, 1927-43; prof. summ. sch. U. Illinois, 1914; Stanford, 1918; U. California, Berkeley, 1919; editor, Cornell Studies in English.

  • Dissertation:

    “The Prose Poetry of Thomas De Quincey” (Leipzig, 1902).

  • Publications:

    Theories of Style (New York & London, 1907); A Concordance to the Poems of William Wordsworth (London, 1911); Aristotle on the Art of Poetry (1913, 1947); A Concordance to the Works of Horace (Washington, DC, 1916); The Greek Genius and its Influence (New Haven, 1917); “The Fifth Form of 'Discovery' in the Poetics of Aristotle,” CP 13 (1918) 251-61; An Aristotelian Theory of Comedy (1922); Two Views of Education (New Haven, 1922); A Concordance to the Latin, Greek and Italian Poems of John Milton (Halle, 1923); The Poetics of Aristotle—Its Meaning and Influence (Boston, 1923); A Bibliography of the Poetics of Aristotle, with A. Gudeman (1928); A Concordance to the Works of Boethius (Cambridge, 1928); The Rhetoric of Aristotle (trans.) (New York & London, 1931); Aristotle, Galileo, and the Tower of Pisa (1935); Plato: Phaedrus, Ion, Gorgias, Symposium and Selections from the Republic and the Laws (trans.) (London & New York, 1937); Aristotelian Papers (Ithaca & London, 1939); Plato on the Trial and Death of Socrates—Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo (trans.) (Ithaca, 1941); Experiments in Education (Ithaca, 1943); Fifteen Greek Plays, trans. G. Murray, intro. by Cooper (New York, 1943).

  • Notes:

    Though a professor of English, Cooper's love of Greek language and literature led him to publish much that was useful to students (his translations of Plato and Aristotle) as well as to scholars (his many concordances). His bibliography includes 25 books mostly on Greek philosophy. In a period of educational experimentation, he was an outspoken champion of traditional humanism and continually pointed up the seamless connections between the ancient, medieval and modern worlds, particularly with regard to the religious concerns of each civilization. To this end he founded in 1927 and maintained until his retirement his own program called The Comparative Study of Literature Program. Cooper was an avid sportsman who enjoyed bird hunting assisted by his Irish Setters. He also collected American Indian crafts and artifacts, particularly woven blankets.

  • Sources:

    NatCAB 47:380-1; NYTimes (29 Nov. 1959) 86.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.