Marvin Mudrick (1921 – 1986) taught at UC Santa Barbara from 1949 until his death in October 1986. He created the university's College of Creative Studies in 1967 and was its provost until forced out by Chancellor Robert Huttenback in 1984. He wrote 100 essays on books for The Hudson Review and published five collections of his essays on books and writers. He also wrote for The New York Review of Books and Harper's.

As a teacher at UCSB, he ranked as an instructor from 1949 to 1951, an assistant professor from 1951 to 1957, an associate professor from 1957 to 1963, a full professor from 1963 to 1986, and the provost of the College of Creative Studies from 1967 to 1984.

He won the O'Henry Prize in 1967 for "Cleopatra," published in the Hudson Review.

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Boswell's Johnson is the word made flesh... an extemporaneous man talking himself into the thick of every occasion (in a world of occasions if nothing else) and therefore no monument at all but all that can be saved of a man alive in the pages of a book.
Marvin Mudrick (1921-1986), U.S. critic. Nobody Here But Us Chickens, "The Entertainer," Ticknor & Fields (1981).
Life direct...is what Flaubert and Joyce have convinced themselves the man may never get quite clear of but the artist has nothing to do with. What they can't admit is that t is overrated: which artists, faking and fumbling it together out of spit and toothpicks, should know best of all.
Marvin Mudrick (1921-1986), U.S. critic. Nobody Here But Us Chickens, "Life Direct and the Indifferential Calculus," Ticknor & Fields (1981).

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