Professor Bliss Perry, Francis Lee Higginson Professor of English, and Professor Leo Wiener, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, will assume the rank of Professor Emeritus in June, according to an announcement made at University Hall, yesterday. Both professors are rounding out teaching careers of over 30 years.
Although it has been generally known for some time that this year would be the last in the teaching career of Professor Perry, this is the first official announcement he has made of his intention to retire.
Perry graduated from Williams College in 1881, taught there and in Princeton University, and later assumed the editorship of the Atlantic Monthly in 1889. In 1907 he became a professor of English at Harvard and in 1926 was appointed first incumbent of the Higginson chair. He is the author of many books of criticism and editor of a number of volumes of prose and poetry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and other learned societies. During 1909-10 he was Harvard Lecturer at the University of Paris.
Wiener received his education in Europe. He studied in Minsk. Warsaw and Berlin. He came to the United States in 1882 and, after teaching school for ten years, became affiliated with the faculty of the University of Missouri. In 1896 he came to Harvard as an instructor in Slavic languages and assumed his professorship in 1911.