Farnsworth, Robert M. (1929-2022)
- Existence: 1929 - 2022
Robert M. Farnsworth (May 5, 1929-March 7, 2022) was an English professor, English department chair, and professor emeritus at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He was an author of biography and literary criticism, focusing on prominent literary figures and civil rights activists including Melvin Tolson and Leon Jordan. He wrote international journalist Edgar Snow's biography titled From Vagabond to Journalist: Edgar Snow in Asia, 1928-1941 (1996).
Farnsworth graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan. He earned his master's degree in Connecticut and completed his PhD in English literature at Tulane University in New Orleans. He taught at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan prior to his position at UMKC. He received three Fulbright grants and spent sabbatical years in India, Turkey, and China. In retirement, he spent two years teaching in Nagasaki, Japan.
Information from Farnsworth's obituary and Wikipedia article.
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
This material was donated by Dr. Henry Mitchell, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and International Affairs at UMKC. He secured the material from the Epsteins via UMKC professor Dr. Robert Farnsworth in China in November 1984.
This collection contains one folder of copies of letters sent by Edgar Snow to Chinese journalist and author Israel Epstein and his wife Elsie Fairfax-Cholmeley. The letters discuss publications as well as Chinese and world affairs.