Bread Loaf Professor Arthur Walton Litz, Jr. Passes Away

Posted June 2014

Arthur Walton Litz, Jr., Bread Loaf professor from the early 1970s through the early 1990s and a literary historian and critic who served as professor of English literature at Princeton University from 1956 to 1993, died on June 4, 2014, at University Medical Center of Princeton in New Jersey. 

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on October 31, 1929, Mr. Litz graduated from Princeton University in 1951. He received his D. Phil. from Oxford University while studying on a Rhodes scholarship at Merton College in 1954. He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956 and became the Holmes Professor of English Literature at Princeton in 1956. He served as chairman of the English Department (1974-1981) and was director of the Creative Writing Program (1990-1992). In 1989, Mr. Litz was named to the Eastman Visiting Professorship at Balliol College, Oxford. 

A. Walton Litz was an American Council of Learned Societies fellow (1960-1961), the recipient of the E. Harris Harbison Award for Gifted Teaching in 1972, an NEH senior fellow (1974-1975) and a Guggenheim fellow (1982-1983). 

Litz was perhaps best known as the author or editor of more than 20 collections of literary criticism, including major editions of Pound, Joyce, Williams, Stevens, and Eliot, and he will be remembered for the support and inspiration he provided his students and colleagues throughout his teaching career. 

Mr. Litz was 84 years old and is survived by his four children and six grandchildren.