WPI's Kent P. Ljungquist of Holden, Mass., is Chosen as Fletcher Professor

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Holden, Mass., resident Kent P. Ljungquist has recently been appointed the Paris Fletcher Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The two-year appointment recognizes outstanding accomplishments and includes a stipend to be used for continued professional development, according to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John F. Carney III.

A specialist in American studies, Ljungquist has written extensively about Edgar Allan Poe and James Fenimore Cooper. In 1998 he earned the WPI Board of Trustees Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship.

A literary critic, bibliographer and editor, he produced a groundbreaking book on Poe's landscape aesthetics that was instrumental in the reassessment of this American master of the short story. Besides his influential critical analyses of Poe's writing, he has made archival discoveries that allowed previously unknown works to be attributed to Poe. He also has produced definitive guides and important essays on several other nineteenth-century writers.

A member of the American Antiquarian Society, he has served two terms as editor of publications for the Poe Studies Association and was elected an Honorary Member of that organization.

WPI, founded in 1865, is renowned for its project-based curriculum. Under the WPI Plan, students integrate classroom studies with research projects conducted on campus and around the world.