Merrel Clubb describes coming to the University of Montana in 1954 to teach English. He talks about succeeding H. G. Merriam as chair of the English Department in 1968 and serving in that capacity for 17 years. Clubb discusses serving in the Navy during World War Two (1939-1945), attending graduate school at Yale University and the University of Michigan, and teaching at the following universities: University of Kansas, University of Oregon, and University of Houston. He mentions his Fulbright Fellowship to Cairo as well as his teaching and personal experiences in Italy, Burma, and Colombia. Clubb reminisces about other University of Montana English and creative writing professors including Leslie Fiedler and the poet Richard Hugo as well as visiting writers such as William Faulkner. He recalls rifts in the department among faculty members and his basic philosophy as the department chair.
University of Montana English Department; University of Montana Creative Writing program; World War, 1939-1945; H. G. Merriam; Yale University; University of Michigan; University of Kansas; University of Oregon; University of Houston; Fulbright Fellowship; Leslie Fiedler; Richard Hugo (1923-1982); William Faulkner (1897-1962)
University of Montana Oral History Project, OH 408, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound file (1:15:23 min.) : digital, + 1 transcript (34 p. : 28 cm.)
oh 408-18.mp3; OH408-018.pdf
Clubb, Merrel, "Merrel Clubb Interview, May 24, 2006" (2006). University of Montana Oral History Project. 20.