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Terrence Des Pres

Terrence Des Pres

American historian
Terrence Des Pres
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Intro American historian
Was Professor Educator Writer Historian
From United States of America
Type Academia Literature Social science
Gender male
Birth 1939, Effingham, Effingham County, Illinois, USA
Death 16 November 1987, Hamilton, New York, USA (aged 48 years)
Education
Washington University in St. Louis
Southeast Missouri State University
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Biography

Terrence Des Pres (1939 in Effingham, Illinois – November 16, 1987 in Hamilton, New York) was an American writer and Holocaust scholar.

Life

Terrence Des Pres graduated from Southeast Missouri State College in 1962. He went on to complete graduate degrees in philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis. He spent time with John Nathan at Harvard University as Harvard Junior Fellows, where Des Pres was the society's sommelier and they formed a friendship.

He was married twice and had a son, Jean-Paul, with his first wife Judith. His widow, Liz, is now a physician living in the Boston area.

Work

Des Pres is most well known for his work on the Holocaust documented in: The Survivor: An Anatomy of Life in the Death Camps.

At Colgate University he taught "Literature of the Holocaust" and was the William Henry Crawshaw Chair in Literature. At Colgate, he spent time with writer Frederick Busch.

He wrote Praises and Dispraises, published posthumously in 1988, which dealt with poetry and its usefulness for survival.

Death

According to John Nathan's memoir, Des Pres committed suicide on November 16, 1987. Des Pres' death was ruled "accidental" by the Madison county medical examiners office, Madison, NY. According to a 1990 Boston Globe article, Des Pres died by hanging.

After his death, poet Paul Mariani spoke at a service for Des Pres at Colgate, where they may have spent time together as Mariani worked on his master's degree.

Awards

  • 1978: National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category for The Survivor: An Anatomy of Life in the Death Camps

Sources

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 13 Jun 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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