North American Scholar

STEVENS, Edward Boucher, II

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1901-01-30
  • Born City: Quitman
  • Born State/Country: MO
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1965-01-29
  • Death City: Allentown
  • Death State/Country: PA
  • Married: Sophie Solow, 24 Dec. 1927.
  • Education:

    A.B. U. Chicago, 1925; Shorey fell., 1926-7; Ph.D., 1930.

  • Professional Experience:

    Asst. in hum. U. Chicago, 1927-32; instr. Gk., 1928-32; lctr. Gk. Johns Hopkins, 1933-4; instr. langs. Pillsbury Acad. (Owatonna, MN), 1934-6; prof, class, langs. Hillsdale Coll., 1936-42; prof, class. De Pauw U., 1942-8; prof, class. Muhlenberg Coll., 1948-65; prof, class. Iowa State U., 1961-2.

  • Dissertation:

    "Commonplace and Theory of Counsel and Deliberation from Homer to Aristotle" (Chicago, 1930).

  • Publications:

    "Divinity and Deliberation," AJP 54 (1933) 225-46; "The Topics of Counsel and Deliberation in Prephilosophic Greek Literature," CP 28 (1933) 104-20; "Pity in Plato's Dialogues," CW 35 (1941-2) 245-6; "Topics of Pity in the Poetry of the Roman Republic," AJP 62 (1941) 426-40; "Some Attic Commonplaces of Pity," AJP 65 (1944) 1-25; "Envy and Pity in Greek Philosophy," AJP 69 (1948) 171-89; "A Reappraisal," CW 53 (1959-60) 205-11.

  • Notes:

    Stevens was able to support himself in college by having acquired from his father the ability to operate a linotype machine. Once at the University of Chicago, he absorbed from his teacher Paul Shorey a love of Plato and an interest in his ethical views. This interest was a reflection of the forthright-ness and warmth of his personality. In the words of Harold Cherniss, "He met all men with equal openness and judged all by the same criterion of common humanity and boundless sympathy for weakness and fierce scorn of humbug, whatever words or tone or trappings it might bear. Without fear of authority or ambition for power or position he spoke the truth he saw as he saw it, whether grave or gay, solemn or ribald, convenient or inconvenient either to himself or to those who listened . . . strict in his demand for accuracy, honesty, and effort but infinitely patient and ingeniously resourceful in guiding those who strove to learn and lavishing his time and knowledge without stint upon any who caught the spark of his own enthusiasm."

  • Sources:

    Harold Cherniss, CW 58 (1964-5) 159-60.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.