• Roger Shattuck, literary scholar dies at his home in Lincoln
     | December 11,2005

    LINCOLN — Roger Shattuck, a National Book Award winner who was a leading literary scholar, has died at his home. He was 82.

    Shattuck was a professor emeritus at Boston University and was once described by Michael Dirdy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, as "our leading authority on 20th-century French literature."

    Shattuck's death on Thursday from prostate cancer was reported by his nephew, John Shattuck, head of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

    "Roger Shattuck was one of Thomas Jefferson's natural aristocrats, superior in knowledge and virtue," former Boston University president John Silber told The Boston Globe.

    Shattuck and Silber had been close friends since 1956, when they met as faculty members at the University of Texas at Austin.

    "He had a North Star, and he lived according to principle in every aspect of his life," Silber said. "Roger never lost his moral compass. He knew the difference between good and evil, between culture and degeneracy. It all fit together in a seamless way in this incredibly talented man."

    Shattuck was author of several books, including "Proust's Binoculars," published in 1963, and "Proust's Way: A Field Guide to 'In Search of Lost Time,"' published in 2000.

    His best-known work was published in 1958: "The Banquet Years: The Origins of the Avant-Garde in France, 1885 to World War I."

    Shattuck was born Aug. 20, 1923, in New York. He graduated from St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., in 1941. His education at Yale College was interrupted by World War II, in which he served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific. He graduated from Yale in 1947. Shattuck worked in Europe and then became an editor in New York.

    He entered academics in 1950, teaching at Harvard, the University of Texas, the University of Virginia and Boston University.

    Shattuck is survived by his wife, Nora; three children, Marc of Richmond, Patricia of Sanbornton, N.H., and Eileen Carpenter of Lincoln; and six grandchildren. A daughter, Tari, died in 1993.

    A memorial service will be held Dec. 17 in Lincoln United Church in Lincoln.

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