Gambier in Knox County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
John Crowe Ransom & The Kenyon Review
In 1938 the president of Kenyon College, Gordon Keith Chalmers, brought one of the nation's most distinguished poets and critics, John Crowe Ransom, to the Gambier Hill. Chalmers brought Ransom to Kenyon College to create a distinguished literary review. With its first appearance late in 1938, The Kenyon Review would become one of the most influential and honored literary magazines in America. Among the authors Ransom published during his two decades as editor were Robert Penn Warren, William Empson, Flannery O'Connor, Doris Lessing, Robert Lowell, and Randall Jarrell. The Kenyon Review also became closely identified with the “New Criticism,” a method of interpreting literature that influenced succeeding generations of readers and teachers around the world. (Continued other side)
(Continued from other side) Aspiring writers made pilgrimages to Gambier to work with John Crowe Ransom. Poet Robert Lowell transferred from Harvard to Kenyon College to study with Ransom in 1938. Peter Taylor, one of America's greatest short story writers, soon appeared as well and became Lowell's roommate in Douglass House. (See Taylor's story “1939.”) Others there included Randall Jarrell and Robie Macauley. Along with F.O. Matthiessen and Lionel Trilling, Ransom founded the Kenyon School
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 6-42.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 22.568′ N, 82° 23.911′ W. Marker is in Gambier, Ohio, in Knox County. Marker is at the intersection of Wiggin Street (Ohio Route 308) and Ward Street, on the left when traveling east on Wiggin Street. Touch for map. Marker is in front of Gothic-style 19c. cottage. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 Wiggin Street, Gambier OH 43022, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kenyon College (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Wharton Marriott (about 500 feet away); David Bates Douglass (about 500 feet away); Colonel Lorin Andrews (about 700 feet away); Edward Bates Memorial Old Kenyon Cornerstone (approx. 0.3 miles away); 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gambier (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gambier.
Categories. • 20th Century • Arts, Letters, Music • Education • Notable Persons •
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