Born: February 15, 1926
Ohio connection: Birth
The son of Robert Simeon (a headmaster) and Mary Leone (Thurness) Adams, Hazard Adams was born February 15, 1926, in Cleveland, OH. Adams received an A.B. from Princeton University in 1948 and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1953. Among Adams's numerous publications, his Critical Theory Since Plato is perhaps one of the most widely used and influential graduate texts in criticism and theory, notes Leroy Searle, director of the University of Washington Center for the Humanities. "He is one of the top scholars in the world on William Butler Yeats, William Blake, and James Joyce, and he's just about the only academic I can think of whose twenty some odd books include scholarly studies, theoretical works, novels, and poems." Other publications include the books Blake and Yeats: The Contrary Vision; The Contexts of Poetry; The Horses of Instruction; The Interests of Criticism; and The Academic Tribes.