Scope and Contents
Course materials, notes, correspondence and administrative papers of Dr. Robert L. Patten, Lynette S. Autrey Professor in Humanities at Rice University, Houston, Texas. Also included is material, correspondence, chapter material and notes relating to the publication, Palgrave Advances in Charles Dickens Studies (2006), edited by Robert L. Patten. Papers, correspondence and notes regarding Rice University, English Department business are part of the collection.
Restrictions on Access
This material is open for research with the exception of these restricted materials: box 11, folders 4-8; correspondence, classes, student papers, and Rice-related boxes 12-81; Phi Beta Kappa materials box 87, folder 7 through box 89, folder 6; oversize box 111. Please see Woodson Research Center Director for information on access.
Conditions Governing Access
Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-348-2586.
Restrictions on Use
Permission to publish from the Robert L. Patten academic papers, 1963-2015 must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
Robert L. Patten, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Humanities at Rice University, was born on April 26, 1939 in Oklahoma City. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1960. He went on to earn an M.A. (1962) and Ph.D. (1965) from Princeton University. After college, Patten lectured in English at Bryn Mawr College, leaving there in 1969 to take a position as Assistant Professor in the English Department at Rice University, where he became a full professor in 1976. In 1991 and 1992 Patten chaired Rice’s English Department.
Robert L. Patten was a Fulbright Scholar from 1963 to 1964 and a Guggenheim Fellow in 1980. He was also chosen as a Couper Scholar in 2004, served as president of the Rice University Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa from 1991 to 1994 and 1997 to 2002, and chaired the Dickens Society in 1973 and 1974. Patten has served in numerous capacities at Rice University, including the Sallyport Award Committee (1986-87), the Advisory Committee on Parking (1992-94), and the University Review Board (1982-84). He currently is president of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing. In addition to the definitive biography, George Cruikshank’s Life, Times, and Art (1991, 1992 ), Patten is the author of Charles Dickens and His Publishers (1978), and editor of George Cruikshank: A Revaluation (1974) and Literature in the Marketplace: Nineteenth-Century British Publishing and Reading Practices (1995). He also serves as editor of Studies in English Literature and founded and briefly edited the periodical Dickens Studies Newsletter.
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