Longtime English Professor, James Richardson, transfers to emeritus status.

Jim Richardson

Congratulations to James,“Jim” Richardson, professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts, will transfer to emeritus status on July 1, 2021, after teaching at Princeton for forty-one years. Jim was born January 1, 1950, and grew up in Garden City, New York, not far from where Charles Lindbergh took off in the Spirit of St. Louis on his transatlantic flight. Jim first arrived in Princeton as an undergraduate in 1967. After graduating summa cum laude in 1971, he received his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia in 1975. Jim’s main Clscholarly interest was then in Victorian literature, an interest reflected in his first major publication, Thomas Hardy: The Poetry of Necessity (University of Chicago Press, 1977), as well as his subsequent Vanishing Lives: Self and Style in Tennyson, D.G. Rossetti, Swinburne, and Yeats (University of Virginia Press, 1988). After a five-year stint as an assistant professor at Harvard University, Jim returned to Princeton in 1980; he would serve for many years in both the Department of English and the Program in Creative Writing, which he directed with patience and panache from 1980 to 1993.

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