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bMS 641

Wilder, Amos N. (Amos Niven), 1895-1993. Papers, 1923-1982: A Finding Aid.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 641
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Wilder, Amos N. (Amos Niven), 1895-1993.
Title: Wilder, Amos N. (Amos Niven), 1895-1993. Papers, 1923-1982.
Date(s): 1923-1982.
Quantity: 5 boxes
Abstract: Papers of pastor, poet, teacher, theologian, and Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard University from 1956-1963 Amos Wilder including addresses, articles, biographical information, book reviews, correspondence, teaching material, photographs and poems.

Aquisition Information:

Papers donated by Amos Niven Wilder, in 1985.

Processed by:

Darla Ledger, April 2001.

Biographical / Historical

Amos Niven Wilder (1895-1993), was a pastor, poet, teacher, and theologian. Born in Calais, Maine, Wilder was educated at various institutions including Oberlin College (1913-1915), Mansfield College (1921-1923), and Yale Divinity School, where he received his Ph.D. in 1933. Ordained in 1926 as a Congregational minister, he served as pastor of a church in North Conway, New Hampshire. He also taught at Hamilton College,Andover-Newton Theological School, and Chicago Theological Seminary. He first came to Harvard University in 1954 as a New Testament scholar, and was the Hollis Professor of Divinity from 1956-1963. Wilder published several books on religion, poetry, and the arts. His major works include: Battle Retrospect (1923), Eschatology and Ethics in the Teaching of Jesus (1939), Modern Poetry and the Christian Tradition (1951), Otherworldliness and the New Testament (1954), Early Christian Rhetoric (1964), Theopoetic: Theology and the Religious Imagination (1976), Thorton Wilder and His Public (1980), The Bible and the Literary Critic (1991), and Armageddon Revisited: A World War I Journal (1963). He is the elder brother of the writer, Thornton Wilder.

Scope and Contents

Collection includes addresses, articles, biographical information, book reviews, correspondence, teaching material, photographs and poems. Box three contains correspondence from significant scholars and poets including Rudolf Bultman, C.H. Dodd, and Marianne Moore.

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