Leary, Lewis (1906-1990).
critic, professor, editor. Born in Blauvelt, New York, Leary taught at several universities before becoming a professor of English at Columbia University in 1952. He published Idiomatic Mistakes in English in 1932. That Rascal Freneau: A Study in Literary Failure (1941) established his reputation as a research scholar. The Literary Career of Nathaniel Tucker appeared in 1951. Leary edited and contributed to a number of professional periodicals and also edited The Last Poems of Philip Freneau (1945); Articles on American Literature (1947, rev. 1952); Methods and Motive in the Cantos of Ezra Pound (1954); The Unity of Knowledge (1955); Herman Melville's His Fifty Years of Exile (Israel Potter) (1957); Selections from Thoreau (1957); Contemporary Literary Scholarship: A Critical Review (1958); American Literary Essays (1960); and Mark Twain's Letters to Mary (1961). He is also author of Mark Twain (1960) and John Greenleaf Whittier (1961). From 1968 to 1976, he was Professor of English at the University of North Carolina. His other works are Southern Excursions: Essays on Mark Twain and Others (1971); Soundings: Some Early American Writers (1975); and Ralph Waldo Emerson: An Interpretive Essay (1980).