LITZ--Arthur Walton, the Holmes Professor of Belles Lettres, Emeritus, and professor of English, Emeritus, at Princeton University, died of respiratory failure at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, New Jersey, on June 4. He was 84. Born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1929, Litz earned his bachelor's degree from Princeton in 1951 and his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He was an expert on modern American and English literature with a focus on T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, Ezra Pound and Wallace Stevens. Litz was also a longtime instructor at the Bread Loaf School of English, the graduate school of English at Middlebury College. In 1989, he was named to the Eastman Visiting Professorship at Balliol College, Oxford. He was a member of the American Philosophical Society and served on the executive council of the Modern Language Association and as a trustee of Oxford University Press and the Ezra Pound Literary Trust. Litz was awarded fellowships by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is survived by four children, Katharine, Andrew, Victoria and Emily; and six grandchildren.
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Published in The New York Times on June 22, 2014