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A Guide to the Albert Alexander Murphree Papers

Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
March 2005

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Murphree, Albert Alexander, 1908-
Title: Albert Alexander Murphree Papers
Dates: 1934-1974
Abstract: Lecture materials on world and European drama, letters pertaining to graduate-level curriculum revision, and chapters from Murphree's unfinished manuscript about John Dryden.
Extent: 0.4 Linear feet. 1 box.
Identification: Ms Coll. 51
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Albert Alexander Murphree, known to friends and colleagues as "Waddy", was the son of University of Florida President A. A. Murphree. He served on the faculty of the Department of English for over four decades. Murphree graduated from Florida in 1929 with an A. B. As a Rhodes scholar, he continued his studies at Oxford University where, in 1933, he received the degree of M.A. Oxon. The following year Murphree returned to Florida as a member of the English faculty with the rank of Instructor. He was responsible for lower-division courses in rhetoric and composition. Soon afterwards, he enrolled at John Hopkins to pursue additional graduate work. He returned, again, to the University of Florida in 1941, this time as an associate professor. He taught upper-division classes that focused on the themes and theatrical devices common to European drama.

Scope and Content

Included in the collection are lecture materials for courses on "World Drama," "European Drama," and "Dryden and Pope" (dated 1938, 1952, and 1972), letters pertaining to graduate-level curriculum revision (dated 1954), and several chapters from Murphree's unfinished manuscript about the author/playwright John Dryden and his dramatic technique.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Albert Alexander Murphree Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

1 Department of English, Curriculum Revision--1954
1 Drama, European and Modern
1 World Drama, Renaissance
1 World Drama, Shakespeare to 18th Century
1 World Drama, Neoclassics
1 World Drama, Romantics and Rise of Realism
1 Drama, Age of Dryden and Pope
1 Graduate level Masters Exams
1 Graduate Program in English
1 How to Read a Novel--A Lecture on Ethan Frome's Method
1 Manuscripts for book on Dryden

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Dryden, John, 1631-1700.
University of Florida. Dept. of English -- History.

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