Adams, Hazard

Born: February 15, 1926

Ohio connection: Birth


The son of Robert Simeon and Mary Leone (Thurness) Adams, Hazard Adams was born February 15, 1926, in Cleveland, OH. One of the leading scholars in the fields of English romanticism and literary theory and criticism, 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 (1971, 1992) 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 (1955); The Contexts of Poetry (1963); The Horses of Instruction (1968 novel); The Interests of Criticism: An Introduction to Literary Theory (1969); The Academic Tribes (1976); Philosophy of the Literary Symbolic (1983); Critical Essays on William Blake (1991), and Home (2001 novel).