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Name:  Daniel Aaron  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1912 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Aaron was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Daniel Aaron was an American writer and academic. He earned a BA from the University of Michigan, and a PhD from Harvard University. He was a professor at Harvard, Amherst, Yale and Barnard among other institutions. In 1979, he helped found the Library of America where he served as president to 1985 and board member and remained an emeritus board member. Aaron was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1973 and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1977. In 2010, he was a National Humanities Medalist.

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