Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: November 23, 1927 – Guy Mattison Davenport, Jr.










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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia –
Educator and writer Guy Mattison Davenport, Jr., was born November 23, 1927, in Anderson, South Carolina, the son of Guy Mattison and Marie (Fant) Davenport. He graduated from Duke University in 1948, earned a bachelor of literature degree from Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar in 1950, and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1961. He taught at Washington University in St. Louis during 1952-55 and at Haverford College in Pennsylvania during 1961-63. Davenport came to the University of Kentucky in 1963 as professor of English. He received the U.K. Alumni Distinguished Professor Award of 1976-77. In 1990 he received a Macarthur Fellowship, enabling him to write full time.


Davenport is known as one of the most original and versatile voices in American letters for his work as a poet, novelist, classicist, translator, critic, painter, and illustrator. He is the author of more than twenty books, including, in fiction, Tatlin! (1974), Da Vinci's Bicycle (1979) and The Jules Verne Steam Balloon (1987); in criticism, The Geography Of The Imagination (1981) and Every Force Evolves A Form (1987); in poetry, Flowers And Leaves (1966); and in translation, Sappho: Songs And Fragments, Herakleitos And Diogenes (1979) and Archilochos, Sappho, Alkman: Three Greek Poets (1980).

Entry Author, Richard Taylor

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Davenport, Guy. Tatlin! Six Stories. New York: Scribner, 1974. Print.
PS3554.A86 T3 1974, Design Library

Davenport, Guy. Da Vinci's Bicycle : Ten Stories. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1979. Print.
PS3554.A86 D30, Young Library - 5th Floor

Davenport, Guy. The Geography of the Imagination : Forty Essays. 1st Nonpareil ed. Boston: David R. Godine, 1997. Print. Nonpareil Book ; 78.
PS3554.A86 G4, Young Library - 5th Floor

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