Cornell English Professor Arthur Mizener (1907-1988) was an educator, editor, and author of two major literary biographies, The Far Side of Paradise (1951), the first critical study of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life and writing, and The Saddest Story: A Biography of Ford Madox Ford (1971).
Arthur Moore Mizener was born on 3 September 1907 in Erie, Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton in 1930, followed by a M.A. (1932) and Ph.D (1934) from Harvard. Mizener taught English at Yale University, Wells College, and Carleton College before coming to Cornell University, where he taught in the English department from 1951 to 1973. He is remembered by several generations of Cornellians for his large undergraduate classes on Shakespeare and his year long survey of 20th Century poets and novelists. He was also an avid fan of Cornell’s football, track, lacrosse, and hockey teams.
In addition to Paradise, which he revised and updated in 1965, Mizener also wrote or edited four additional books about Fitzgerald:
Afternoon of an Author (1957), F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Collection of Critical Essays (1963), The Fitzgerald Reader (1963), and Scott Fitzgerald and His World (1972).
Mizener became professor emeritus at Cornell in 1973. He died on February 11, 1988.