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Howard Mumford Jones, most prominent member of the English department at the University of Michigan, has been tendered and will accept an offer to be a full professor at Harvard next year, according to strong though unconfirmed rumors yesterday.
Jones is recognized as one of the great authorities on American and English literature of the 18th and 19th centuries. According to reports from Michigan, he is dissatisfied with his present position and is willing to consider a change.
If he accepts, Jones will probably give a survey course such as English 2 and graduate courses in comparative literature showing the relationship between English and American literature and that of Europe.
One of the most versatile American scholars, he has written poetry, plays, brochures, a bibliography of Byron's works, a biography of Moses Colt Tyler, and a study of American and French Culture (1750-1848). He has also translated Heine's "The North Sen" and edited the Poems of Edgar Allen Poe and Plays of the Restoration and the 18th Century. At present he holds a Guggenheim Fellowship to do research work for a biography of Tom Moore.
Professor Jones was born in 1892 and has been a professor at Michigan since 1930. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1914 and received his Master's degree at the University of Chicago a year later.
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