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Kelly, Eric Philbrook, 1884-1960



Eric Philbrook Kelly was born in 1884 in Amesbury, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1906. From 1908-1918, Kelly worked as a journalist before volunteering to work with French ‘Foyer de Soldat’ in Quentin, France. He found himself in charge of athletics and entertainment for 2,000 Polish soldiers in Haller’s Army. In May 1919, Kelly was shipped across Germany to the newly-recognised state of Poland. In 1921, he returned to the US where he worked as a teacher at Mercersburg Academy. Six month later he joined the faculty of Dartmouth College where he stayed until his retirement in 1954. Kelly was chairman of the Pulitzer Prize selection committee for the novel in the years 1951, 1952 and 1953. He died on January 3, 1960.

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Eric Kelly papers

Identifier: MS-257
Date(s): 1928 to 1964

Eric P. Kelly (1884-1960), academic and author of books for young readers. Dartmouth College Class of 1906. Consist of typescripts for five of his books as well as correspondence with colleagues and fans. Correspondence relating to his service as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes is also included.

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