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May 2, 2016

1945 Milton Bates, Professor of English Marquette University born in Warrensburg

Milton J. Bates


Professor Emeritus 
Prior to retiring in 2010, I taught graduate and undergraduate courses in American literary modernism, including the work of writers such as Wallace Stevens, William Faulkner, Willa Cather, T.S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Richard Wright, and William Carlos Williams. In addition, I designed and taught courses in the literature of the Vietnam War, environmental literature, and narrative theory.

These are also the fields in which I have done most of my research and publication. Since 2010 I have published chiefly poetry and a work of creative nonfiction, The Bark River Chronicles: Stories from a Wisconsin Watershed.

Selected Publications

  • Wallace Stevens: A Mythology of Self. University of California Press, 1985. Spanish translation, Fraterna, 1989. Recognition: New York Times Notable Book of 1985; Outstanding Achievement in Literature, Wisconsin Library Association.
  • Opus Posthumous, by Wallace Stevens. Revised, enlarged, and corrected edition. Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. Faber, 1990. Vintage-Random paperback, 1990.
  • Sur Plusieurs Beaux Sujects: Wallace Stevens’ Commonplace Book. Stanford University Press and the Huntington Library, 1989. Facsimile edition with transcription, introduction, and notes.
  • The Wars We Took to Vietnam: Cultural Conflict and Storytelling. University of California Press, 1996. Recognition: Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Book Award in Literature for 1996-1998; Kenneth Kingery Scholarly Book Award, Council for Wisconsin Writers.
  • Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1959-1975, two volumes, Library of America, 1998 (co-editor). One-volume paperback edition with Foreword, 2000.
  • The Bark River Chronicles: Stories from a Wisconsin Watershed. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2012.

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Milton Bates

Milton BatesMilton J. Bates lives on Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan. A retired English professor and former Guggenheim Fellow, he taught at Williams College and Marquette University. He also held Fulbright lectureships in China and Spain. His publications include books on the poet Wallace Stevens, the Vietnam War, and the Bark River Valley in Wisconsin. His poems have appeared inBellevue Literary Review, Great Lakes Review, The Southern Review, and other magazines and anthologies. Five Oaks Press will publish his poetry chapbook Always on Fire in 2016


  • Huntington Library Summer Research Fellowships (1978, 1979)
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships (1980, 1986-1987)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend (1985)
  • Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1989-1990)
  • Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship, Beijing Foreign Studies University (2000)
  • Fulbright Senior Lectureship, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2006)

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