Jarvis Thurston Papers, 1959-1969.
Biographical / Historical Note
Jarvis Thurston, a native of Utah, is an editor, author, and educator who
studied at the University of Utah and the University of California at Berkeley.
He received a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Iowa in 1946 and
has been a professor of literature since that time. He taught at the University of Louisville for four years and in 1950 joined the faculty of Washington University. Thurston served as English Department chairman from 1967-1969
and retired in 1982.
Thurston's articles and short stories have appeared in literary magazine
and anthologies; how- ever, he is best known as an editor. While at the University of Louisville, he and his wife, the poet Mona Van Duyn, founded the quarterly Perspective and served as the magazine's principal
editors for its entire run from 1947 to 1975. Thurston has also edited several
anthologies of short stories, principally for use in college classrooms.