Charles Townsend Copeland

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Charles Townsend Copeland
Portrait of Charles Townsend Copeland.jpg
Born April 27, 1860 
Died July 24, 1952  (aged 92)
Alma mater

Charles Townsend Copeland (April 27, 1860 – July 24, 1952) was a professor, poet, and writer.

He graduated from Harvard University and spent much of his time as a mentor at Harvard, where he served in several posts, including Boylston Professor of Rhetoric from 1925 to 1928.[1] He also worked as a part-time theater critic. Known as "Copey" by many of his peers and admirers, he became known for his Harvard poetry readings in the 1930s.[2][3] In her autobiography, The Story of My Life, Helen Keller paid high praise to Copeland as an instructor.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Charles Townsend Copeland". Encyclopaedia Britannica.
  2. ^ "Birthday". Time. May 5, 1930. Charles Townsend Copeland, A.B. (his only earned degree), Harvard professor of English, bachelor, given to mustard suits, to scolding, to reading-aloud (Kipling, Dickens) to two generations of devoted undergraduates. He noted among his students John Reed, the famous journalist and author who dedicated his book "Insurgent Mexico" to Copey. Age: 70. Date: April 27. Said the New York Herald Tribune: "The men . . . knew that 'Copey' was one of the supreme teachers of their generation. ... How the man could teach!"
  3. ^ "Copey Moves Out". Time. September 12, 1932. Retrieved 2008-06-26.

Further reading

  • J. Donald Adams, Copey of Harvard: A Biography of Charles Townsend Copeland (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1960).
  • Billy Altman, Laughter's Gentle Soul: The Life of Robert Benchley. (New York City: W. W. Norton, 1997. ISBN 0-393-03833-5).
  • Encyclopædia Britannica: Charles Townsend Copeland.

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