North American Scholar

STINCHCOMB, James Augustus

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1898-03-02
  • Born City: New York
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1945-07-13
  • Death City: Pittsburgh
  • Death State/Country: PA
  • Married: Kathryn McBride.
  • Education:

    A.B. Ohio Wesleyan, 1918; A.M. U. Pittsburgh, 1926; Ph.D., 1929.

  • Professional Experience:

    Princ. New Lexington (OH) HS, 1920-3; Lat. tchr. Male HS (Louisville, KY), 1923-4; McKeesport (PA) HS, 1924-5; instr. to prof. Lat. U. Pittsburgh, 1926-45; actng. head class, dept., 1936-40; head, 1940-5; ed. CW 1939-45.

  • Dissertation:

    "Quintus Tullius Cicero" (Pittsburgh, 1929).

  • Publications:

    "Literary Interests of a Roman Magnate: Quintus Tullius Cicero," CW 26 (1932-3) 1-7; "The Two Younger Tulli," CJ 28 (1932-3) 441-8; "Classical Mythology in Contemporary American Poetry," CW26 (1932-3) 81-4; "Catiline on the Stage," CW28 (1934-5) 49-52; "The Literary Tastes of the Younger Pliny," CW 29 (1935-6) 161-5.

  • Notes:

    James Stinchcomb's primary scholarly interest was centered on the biographical aspects of Cicero's works, but his most important contribution to classical scholarship is found in his six-year editorship of Classical Weekly. In addition to his affiliations with Classical Weekly and the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, he served as Secretary for the Classical Association of Pittsburgh and Vicinity from 1926 until his death. Stinchcomb demonstrated a continuing enthusiasm for theatricals throughout his career with productions of ancient dramas such as the Mostellaria and pageants of his own creation (e.g., "A New World Symphony," produced in Pittsburgh in 1936).

  • Sources:

    CJ 41 (1945-6) 17; CW 39 (1945-6) 3; Arthur M. Young, The Voice That Speaketh Clear (Pittsburgh, 1957).

  • Author: Jerry Clack