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Name: Jones, Willis Knapp, 1895-1982

Historical Note:

Willis Knapp Jones was born on November 26, 1895 in Beacon, New York, the son of Plato Tydvil and Louise (Knapp) Jones. He received his AB from Hamilton College in 1917. He received his MA from Pennsylvania State University in 1922. In 1927 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He taught at Penn State, instructor in Spanish (1920-23), University of Miami, Oxford, Ohio, associate professor (1923-28), professor of Romance languages (1928-63). During his school year and life span he travelled and taught in Santiago, Chile (1917-1919), in Montevideo, Uruguay (1919-1920), American University of Shrivenham, England (1945) and at the University of Guayaquil, Ecuador, a Lecturer on Latin American drama and culture (1946-1947). He died in March 1982, in Oxford, Ohio.

Dr. Jones was a true pioneer in the study of Latin American literature bringing Spanish texts and translation to American readers by the way of his research and publications of books, journals and newspapers.


Rogers, Elizabeth S., Timothy J. Rogers, and Willis Knapp Jones. In Retrospect: Essays on Latin American Literature : (in Memory of Willis Knapp Jones). York, S.C.: Spanish Literature Publications Co, 1987.

Jones, Willis Knapp. Latin American Drama: A Reading List (First Instalment). Norman, Okla: University of Oklahoma Press, 1943.

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