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The Lives of Great Men Radio Program

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thumbnail of Robert E. Lee (1807-1870)
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thumbnail of Robert Browning (1812-1889)
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Background

''Every experience, however bitter, has its lesson, and to focus one's attention on the lesson helps one overcome the bitterness.'' ~~~ Dr. Edward Howard Griggs

Many of the more predominant--and popular--programming vehicles during the 1930s were educational or documentary programming. Generally packaged, serialized and often syndicated by local or regional affiliates, these were all manner of historical retrospectives, biographical sketches, vignettes on the history of poetry, the arts, literature and popular science of the era. While perhaps not as popular with the wider body of vintage Radio collectors, most of these historical restrospectives not only hold up quite well even 80 years hence, but in many cases offer snippets of history or vignettes often forgotten, overlooked or simply dismissed by contemporary historians or archivists.

Dr. Edward Howard Griggs, a noted lecturer, author, inspirational speaker and historian of the era, had already compiled--and published--scores of biographies and social and moral critiques of history's greatest thinkers, philosophers, religious figures and humanists. This series was a natural progression from his career as a noted lecturer, Chautauqua speaker and critic.

While he was clearly highly opinionated in his narratives of these thirty-nine historic figures, he manages to maintain a consistent and persuasive underlying theme to each of these fascinating historical retrospectives. He presents hundreds of fascinating and accurate facts in support of his critiques of each historical figure, while keeping the narrative both interesting and compelling.

Dr. Griggs begins his series with Socrates, the great classical Greek philosopher. Attaching a sub-theme and text to each narrative, Griggs characterizes Socrates as a 'Teacher and Martyr'. This is the method Griggs employs for the remainder of the thirty-nine programs of the production. Each treatise briefly outlines the high points--or low points--in the historic figure's life, connecting the various junctures in their lives to his treatise.

Even more instructive of Dr. Griggs' story of the growth and development of civilization, are the subtexts, themselves, underscoring Griggs' observations on each of these great historic characters:

  • Socrates: Teacher and Martyr
  • Aurelius: The Sunset of Ancient Rome
  • Theodoric the Great: The Defeated Dream
  • Dante: Supreme Interpreter of The Medieval World
  • Girolamo Savonarola: Moral Prophet of The Renaissance
  • Leonardo da Vinci: Mastermind of The Renaissance
  • Erasmus: Humanism and The Reformation
  • Giordano Bruno: The Martyr of Science
  • Shakespeare: Unifier of the English-Speaking World
  • Spinoza: Philospher of The Eternal
  • Voltaire: Intellectual Leader of the 18th Century
  • Jefferson: Philosopher of Democracy
  • Emerson: Spirtual Leaderhip In Democracy
  • Lee: The American Warrior
  • Lincoln: The Prophetic American
  • Browning: The Friend of The Spirit
  • Tolstoy: Moral Leadership in Mysterious Russia
  • Ibsen: Psychologist and Critic of Modern Society
  • Wilson: Democracy In World Relations
  • Kipling: Interpreter of The British Empire
  • Loti: The Sensitive Dreamer As Child and Man
  • Yeats: The Poetry of Ireland
  • G.K. Chesterton: A Modern Man of Letters
  • Whitman: Poet of Democracy
  • Markham: American Ideals

As becomes obvious from the sub-theme of each biography, Dr. Griggs lays the groundwork for the historic characters that follow by underscoring the hyphothesis underlying the entire series: man's progress throughout Civilization has been a process of moral, spiritual and philosophical evolution, as well as physical evolution--not to imply that Dr. Griggs was either an evolutionist or a creationist. Indeed, all of the lectures in this series address the moral, spiritual or philosophical implications of each historic character's teachings or writing in an intellectually honest and dispassionate manner. This leaves it to the listener to infer or inform what he or she chooses from the presentations.

From the March 24th 1939 edition of the Long Island Daily Press:

Lives of Great Men Review head

 
     "LIVES OF GREAT MEN"--I'll admit there's history in the making these days, without the need of backward glances to the centuries that went before.  However, if you're weary of European terms and the same old syllables that seem to spell only crisis and pending disaster, dial this program--"Lives of Great Men"--for an interesting story of America's past, and of heroes whom time has already measured and pronounced great.
     Last Saturday's episode concerned Robert E. Lee, the American general who took a shoestring military venture and with it tied into knots an adversary whose physical endowments were five times his own.  In the form of straight narration without any attempt to dramatize its several parts, the program traced Lee's early career and then went on to describe the fatal events that led to our War of Secession.  With impartial fairness, it pointed out that slavery was not the real issue but, rather, methodic exploitation of the South which the North's greater balloting power made possible under a strong central government.  In other words, States Rights went far beyond the issue of slavery and put at stake the very existence of people whose grandfathers had won the Revolutionary War!  With that, the program left political issues of such broad scope to the history books, and thereafter held to an accountof Lee's astounding military success.  In 1837, when he was but 30 years old, he was put in charge of the Army's job of holding the Mississippi River in check at St. Louis; and three years later his assignment was to build up the defenses of New York Harbor, where the present-day fortifications owe their conception to his engineering skills!
     When the Mexican war intervened, he served on General Scott's staff and was thrice decorated for bravery.  Coast defenses in Florida were his next Augean task, and in 1852 he was made superintendent of West Point.  After two years (1856-57) of Indian fighting in the Southwest, he took leave from the service to act as the executor of his father-in-law's estate, but he thereupon resumed his career and was a staff officer in Washington at the time of Lincoln's inauguration in 1861.
     When Virginia seceded from the union on April 17 rather than fight her Carolina neighbors, Lincoln offered Lee (then a colonel) command of the Federal forces, but he refused the honor and resigned his Army commission.  It was his irrevocable decision, though he knew it could be a losing one that he remain true to the destiny of his native state.
     The South gave him a super-numerary command to begin with, but when Joseph Johnston was severely wounded, Lee took charge of the Southern forces and, with the dauntless aid of Stonewall Jackson, set forth on a succession of military victories that stopped only at the turning point of the war--Gettysburg.
     The program repeated the well-known tale of Grant's sledgehammer blows in 1864--blows that caused the Union greater losses, numerically, than Lee's entire living army.
     When the war ended, and the guiding hand of Lincoln was removed by death, he same hatred (of small men) that now encompass Spain were loosed upon the Southern forces.  It was only through the personal influences of Grant that an indictment against Lee for treason was dropped, thereby sparing his life.  He accepted an offer of the Presidency of Washington College of Virginia, and held that position in the five remaining years of his life.
     Lee has been called the greatest military genius that America has produced and his greatness has been ascribed to his understanding of the part that field defenses could play in general maneuvers.  Despite the success he attained against overwhelming odds, those lessons were not noted by militarists until the century!
     The "Lives of Great Men" episode for tomorrow is titled "Lincoln, the Prophetic American."  Not merely do I give it a nod of approbation--I bow to it in a solute esteem.

This series is as informative and fascinating today as it had to have been seventy years ago. If for no other reason than assembling this specific selection of great thinkers, philosphers and leaders, this series remains remarkable. As something akin to a contemporary audio book of the history of great philosphers and thinkers, it's intriguing to imagine committing this series to an .mp3 CD to enjoy on a long car, train or plane ride. The possibilities remain as open-ended today as they must have been seventy years ago. One can only imagine a young man or woman in the late 30s, hearing--for possibly the first time--this collection of some of the greatest lives that preceded their era. This opportunity had to have been a major event in many of their lives. No doubt many young listeners hearing this series for the first time, went on to investigate these great thinkers even more on their own.

What better tribute to the incredible 'gift' that was Radio in the 1930s than to serve such a positive and noble purpose. This, if for no other reason, makes this collection an invaluable window onto early 20th Century sociology and culture.

Series Derivatives:

None
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Historical Documentaries
Network(s): NBC Red [WEAF]
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): None
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 38-10-22 01 Socrates: Teacher and Martyr
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 38-10-22 to 39-06-03; NBC Red [WEAF]; Thirty-three, 15-minute programs; Saturdays 7:30 p.m.
Syndication: [Note: It would appear that many of these recordings were produced in Cleveland's WTAM Radio studios. Those at least, had to have been commited to an electrical transcription before being sent to WEAF New York for broadcast, in addition to airing live via shortwave from the WTAM studios. Dr. Griggs reportedly traveled back to Kansas City every weekend to record the series.]
Sponsors: Sustained
Director(s): Unknown
Principal Actors: Dr. Edward Howard Griggs
Recurring Character(s): None
Protagonist(s): None
Author(s): Dr. Edward Howard Griggs
Writer(s) Dr. Edward Howard Griggs
Music Direction: Unknown
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): Unknown
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
33
Episodes in Circulation: 18
Total Episodes in Collection: 23
Provenances:
Contributor Jerry Haendiges.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings. The least helpful was The Hickerson Guide.

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The Lives of Great Men Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
38-10-15
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38-10-15 New York Times
7:45-WEAF--John Hay Centennial Program: Speakers, Henry Monsky, President B'nai B'rith; John D. Studebaker, U.S. Commissioner of Education

38-10-22
1
Socrates: Teacher and Martyr
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38-10-22 Lima News
"Lives of Great Men." a series of educational talks on great leaders in human progress presented by Dr. Edward Howard Griggs, distinguished lecturer, critic and author, will be heard every Saturday, from 7:45 to 8:00 p. m. over WEAF starting this
Saturday.
The talks will combine to make a story of civilization based on outstanding characters thru the ages and how each one influenced his own-and future times.
Subjects of the first four broadcasts will be,
"Socrates-Teacher and Martyr," "Aurelius — and the Sunset of Ancient Rome," "Theodoric the Great — the Defeated Dream," and "St. Francis of Assisi — and the Spiritual Awakening of the Middle Age.

38-10-22 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Dr. Edward Howard Griggs, lecturer, critic, author and head of the department of philosophy at the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, will conduct a series of educational talks on great leaders in human progress over WEAF every Saturday starting today. The series entitled "Lives of Great Men" will be heard at 7:45 p.m. The talks will combine to make a story of civilization based on outstanding characters through the ages and how each one influenced his own and future times.

38-10-22 New York Times
7:45-WEAF--
Socrates--Teacher and Martyr--Dr. E. H. Griggs

38-10-29
2
Marcus Aurelius: The Sunset of Ancient Rome
N
38-10-29 Lima News
"Lives of Great Men."

38-10-29 New York Times
7:45-WEAF--Lives of Great Men--Edward H. Griggs, Lecturer

38-11-05
3
Theodoric the Great: The Defeated Dream
Y
38-11-05 Lima News
"Lives of Great Men."

38-11-05 New York Times
7:45-WEAF--
Socrates, Teacher and Martyr--Dr. Edward H. Griggs, Lecturer

38-11-05 Harrisburg Evening News
Third in Dr. Edward H. Griggs' series of broadcasts on "Lives of Great Men" at 7:45 over the WEAF network will concern
Theodoric the Great, King of the Ostrogoths.

38-11-12
4
St Francis of Assisi: The Spiritual Awakening of The Middle Age
Y
38-11-12 Lima News
"Lives of Great Men," WEAF

38-11-12 New York Times
7:45-WEAF--
St. Francis of Assisi and Spiritual Awakening of the Middle Age--Edward H. Griggs, Lecturer

38-11-19
5
Dante Alighieri: Supreme Interpreter of The Medieval World
Y
[Announcer states Dante is the second program in the series.]

38-11-19 Lima News
"Lives of Great Men," WEAF

38-11-19 New York Times - 7:45-WEAF--
Dante--Edward H. Griggs, Lecturer

38-11-26
6
Girolamo Savonarola: Moral Prophet of The Renaissance
Y
38-11-26 Lima News
"Lives of Great Men," WEAF

38-11-26 New York Times
7:45-WEAF--
Savonarola: Moral Prophet of the Renaissance--Dr. Edward H. Griggs, Lecturer

38-12-03
7
Leonardo da Vinci: Mastermind of The Renaissance
Y
38-12-03 Lima News
"Lives of Great Men," WEAF

38-12-03 New York Times
7:45-WEAF--
Leonardo Da Vinci--Dr. Edward H. Griggs

38-12-10
8
Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus: Humanism and The Reformation
Y
38-12-10 Lima News
"Lives of Great Men," WEAF

38-12-10 Harrisburg Evening News
THE SUBJECT of Dr. Edward H. Griggs' talk on the Lives of Great Men at 7:45 will be
Desiderius Erasmus, Fifteenth Century Dutch Scolor and theologian. Doctor Griggs' series of talks are aired via the WEAF chain.

38-12-10 New York Times
7:45-WEAF--
Erasmus: Humanism and the Reformation--Dr. Edward H. Griggs

38-12-17
9
Giordano Bruno: The Martyr of Science
Y
38-12-17 Lima News
"Lives of Great Men," WEAF

38-12-17 New York Times
7:45-WEAF--
Giordano Bruno: The Martyr of Science--Dr. Edward H. Griggs

38-12-24
10
William Shakespeare: Unifier of the English-Speaking World
Y
[From WTAM Cleveland]

38-12-24 Lima News
"Lives of Great Men"

38-12-24 Wisconsin State Journal
6:45 p.m.--Lives of Great Men (WCFL): "
Shakespeare: Unifier of the English-Speaking World."

38-12-24 New York Times - 7:45-WEAF--
Shakespeare--Dr. E.H. Griggs, Author

38-12-31
11
Baruch Spinoza: Philospher of The Eternal
Y
[Announces a New Year's message]

38-12-31 Lima News
"Lives of Great Men"

38-12-31 New York Times - 7:45-WEAF--
Spinoza--Dr. E.H. Griggs

39-01-07
12
Voltaire: Intellectual Leader of the 18th Century
N
39-01-07 Lima News
"Lives of Great Men."

39-01-07 New York Times
7:30-WEAF--
Voltiare--Dr. E.H. Griggs

39-01-14
13
Benjamin Franklin: Schoolmaster of the American Colonies
N
39-01-14 Lima News
"Lives of Great Men."

39-01-13 Provo Daily Herald
SATURDAY 5:30 NBC Lives of Great Men--"
Benjamin Franklin."

39-01-14 New York Times
7:30-WEAF--
Franklin--Dr. E.H. Griggs

39-01-14 Salt Lake Tribune
P.M.
5:30--NBC--Lives of Great Men--
Benjanim Franklin, Schoolmaster of the American Colonies

39-01-21
14
Goethe
N
39-01-21 Lima News
"Lives of Great Men."

39-01-21 New York Times
7:30-WEAF--
Goethe--Dr. E.H. Griggs

39-01-28
15
Washington
N
39-01-28 Lima News
"Lives of Great Men."

39-01-28 New York Times - 7:30-WEAF--
Washington--Dr. E.H. Griggs

39-02-04
16
Thomas Jefferson: Philosopher of Democracy
N
39-02-04 Harrisburg Evening News
The second series of brief sketches on "Lives Of Great Men" by Dr. Edward Howard Griggs, lecturer and author, will open this evening at 7:30 over the WEAF network. His first series of thirteen lectures will be published in book form shortly.

39-02-04 New York Times
7:30-WEAF--
Jefferson--Dr. E.H. Griggs

39-02-11
17
Hamilton: The Making of Our Government
Jefferson
Y
39-02-11 Harrisburg Evening News
"Hamilton, and the Making of Our Government" will be the subject of Dr. Edward H. Griggs' talk on the Lives of Great Men at 7:30 o'clock over the WEAF network.

39-02-11 New York Times
Pope Pius--Rt. Rev. Fulton J. Sheen: Chorister
s

39-02-18
18
Hamilton
Victor Hugo
N
39-02-18 Appleton Post-Crescent
Victor Hugo will be the subject on tonight's "Lives of Great Men" program at 6:30 over WCFL. Hugo, son of an officer in Napoleon's army, received a classical education, led the new romantic movement in literature, distinguished himself as dramatist, poet and novelist. He wrote "Les Miserables," great masterpiece of French fiction.

39-02-18 New York Times
7:30-WEAF--
Hamilton--Dr. E. H. Griggs

39-02-25
19
Victor Hugo
N
39-02-25 Appleton Post-Crescent
Thomas Carlyle will be the subject on Lives of Great Men program at 6:30 over WCFL. Scottish born and educated at Edinburgh university, Carlyle exhibited early in life a tremendous capacity for study, results of which were evident in his writing career. He is famous for opening the field of German thought to English readers, for his own philosophic works and for his profound interpretation of contemporary and historical events.

39-02-25 New York Times - 7:30-WEAF--
Victor Hugo--Dr. E.H. Griggs

39-03-04
20
Emerson: Spirtual Leaderhip In Democracy
Y
39-03-04 Appleton Post-Crescent
Ralph Waldo Emerson will be the subject of "Lives of Great Men" program at 6:30 over WCFL. Descended from a line of New England clergymen, Emerson was a pioneer of American Culture and intellectual idealism. With men like Thoreau, Hawthorne and Alcott, he upheld ethical and spiritual values in a new and relatively barren civilization.

39-03-04 New York Times
7:30-WEAF--
Carlyle--Dr. E. H. Griggs

Announces
Lee: The American Warrior" as next

39-03-11
21
Lee: The American Warrior
Y
39-03-11 Appleton Post-Crescent
Robert E. Lee will be the subject on "Lives of Great Men" program at 6:30 over WCFL. One of the few Civil war heroes recognized by northerners and southerners alike, he disiplayed a rare combination of military genius, humane conduct and old-fashioned gallantry.

39-03-11 New York Times - 7:30-WEAF--
Emerson--Dr. E. H. Griggs

Announces "
Lincoln: The Prophetic American" as next

39-03-18
22
Lee
Y
39-03-18 New York Times - 7:30-WEAF--Lee--Dr. E. H. Griggs

39-03-25
23
Abraham Lincoln: The Prophetic American
Y
[From WTAM Cleveland]

39-03-24 Long Island Daily Press
The "Lives of Great Men" episode for tomorrow is titled "
Lincoln, the Prophetic American."

39-03-25 New York Times
7:30-WEAF--
Lincoln--Dr. E. H. Griggs

39-04-01
24
Robert Browning: The Friend of The Spirit
Y
39-04-01 New York Times - 7:30-WEAF--Browning--Dr. E. H. Griggs

39-04-08
25
Leo Tolstoy: Moral Leadership in Mysterious Russia
Y
39-04-08 Appleton Post-Crescent
Count Leo Tolstoy, considered one of Russia's greatest men, will be the subject on "Lives of Great Men" program at 6:30 over WTMJ. Surmounting hte arrogrnce and reaction of the nobility to which he belonged, he became, through his writings, a mighty force for the moral and political regeneration of his country. His best works are "Anna Karenina" and "War and Peace."

39-04-08 New York Times
7:30-WEAF--
Tolstoy--Dr. E. H. Griggs

39-04-15
26
Henrik Johan Ibsen: Psychologist and Critic of Modern Society
Y
39-04-15 Appleton Post-Crescent
Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian poet and dramatist, will be the subject on "Lives of Great Men" program at 6:30 over WTMJ. His work marks the most conspicuous turning-point in the history of modern drama.

39-04-15 New York Times
7:30-WEAF--
Ibsen--Dr. E. H. Griggs

39-04-22
27
Woodrow Wilson: Democracy In World Relations
Y
39-04-22 Salt Lake Tribune
4 :30 — NBC — Lives of Great Men

39-04-22 New York Times
7:30-WEAF--
Wilson--Dr. E. H. Griggs

39-04-22 Harrisburg Evening News
THE political career of Woodrow Wilson will be reviewed in a talk by Edward Howard Griggs during the "Lives of Great Men" program over WEAF network at 7:30 this evening.

Announces Radio Open House Week

39-04-29
28
Rudyard Kipling: Interpreter of The British Empire
Y
39-04-29 Salt Lake Tribune
4 :30 — NBC — Lives of Great Men

39-04-29 Harrisburg Evening News
Rudyard Kipling, the Englislh poet and author, will be the subject for Dr. Edward Howard Griggs on the latter's "Lives of Great Men" program over WEAF at 7:30.

39-04-29 New York Times - 7:30-WEAF--
Kipling--Dr. E. H. Griggs

39-04-29 Lima News
Rudyard Kipling, who could see little in America that was good, but whose blind spot in this direction did not prevent his being recognized here as well as in Britain as one of the world's outstanding literary figures, will be the subject of Dr. Edward Howard Griggs' broadcast on the Lives of Great Men over WEAF Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Griggs will describe Kipling's boyhood and life in India, his visits to America, and the reasons which led him to turn against this country. He also will discuss the strange fact that Kipling never was named Poet Laureate of England, despite the fact no other poet of his time approximated him in interpreting his country and its empire, or received such world-wide recognition.


Announces "
Pierre Loti: The Sensitive Dreamer As Child and Man" as next

39-05-06
29
Pierre Loti: The Sensitive Dreamer As Child and Man
Y
[ Close truncated]

39-05-06 Salt Lake Tribune
4 :30 — NBC — Lives of Great Men of Pierre Loti.

39-05-06 New York Times
7:30-WEAF--Chesterton--Dr. E. H. Griggs
39-05-13
30
William Butler Yeats: The Poetry of Ireland
Y
39-05-13 Salt Lake Tribune
4 :30—NBC—"Lives of Great Men." William Butler Yeats.

39-05-13 New York Times
7:30-WEAF--
Yeats and Poetry of Ireland--Dr. E. H. Griggs


Announces "
G.K. Chesterton: A Modern Man of Letters" as next

39-05-20
31
G.K. Chesterton: A Modern Man of Letters
Y
39-05-20 Salt Lake Tribune
4 :30—NBC—"Lives of Great Men."

39-05-20 Harrisburg Evening News
Dr. Edward Howard Griggs will discuss the life of G.K. Chesterton, British author and lecturer, on his "Lives of Great Men" program over WEAF at 7:30.

39-05-20 New York Times - 7:30-WEAF--
Chesterton--Dr. E. H. Griggs


Announces "
Walt Whitman: Poet of Democracy" as next

39-05-27
32
Walt Whitman: Poet of Democracy
Y
39-05-27 San Antonio Express

Walt Whitman's Life Story
To Be Told Over Radio Tonight

THE life and works of the famous American poet, Walt Whitman, will be discussed by Dr. Edward Howard Griggs during the Lives of Great Men broadcast this evening at 5:30 o'clock over the NBC Red and WOAI. Whitman's poetry has caused more comment and controversy than perhaps any other American poet.

39-05-27 Illinois State Journal
Described Life Of Whitman--The life and works of Walt Whitman, poet, will be discussed by Dr. Edward Howard Griggs during the Lives of Great Men broadcast at 5:30 p.m. today over WCFL. Doctor Griggs will have as his subject "
Walt Whitman: Poet of Democracy."

39-05-27 New York Times
7:30-WEAF--
Life of Walt Whitman--Dr. E. H. Griggs


Announces "
Edwin Markham: American Ideals" as next

39-06-03
33
Edwin Markham: American Ideals
Y
[ Announces "The last in the series" ]

39-06-03 Salt Lake Tribune
4 :30—NBC—"Lives of Great Men."

39-06-03 Illinois State Journal
Discusses Markham's Life
Charles Edwin Markham, American poet, will be the subject of a talk by Dr. Edward Howard Griggs on the Lives of Great Men program at 5:30 today over WCFL.

39-06-03 New York Times
7:30-WEAF--
Life of Edwin Markham--Dr. E. H. Griggs


39-06-10
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39-06-10 Salt Lake Tribune
4 :30—NBC—"Lives of Great Men."

39-06-10 New York Times
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The Lives of Great Men Radio Program Biographies




Dr. [Hon.] Edward Howard Griggs
(Lecturer/Narrator)
(1868-1951)

Birthplace: Owatonna, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Education: B.A. [1887], Indiana University; M.A. [1890], Indiana University

Abridged Bibliography:
Art and the Human Spirit: The Meaning And Relations Of Sculpture, Painting, Poetry, And Music, A Handbook Of Eight Lectures
Blossomed Hours: Book of the Mind and the Heart
A Book Of Meditation
Diving Comedy Of Dante: A Handbook of Six Lectures
For What Do We Live (1922)
Goethes Faust: A Handbook Of Ten Lectures
Great Autobiographies: Types And Problems Of Manhood And Womanhood
Human Equipment - Its Use And Abuse (1909)
Moral Education (1905)
Moral Leaders: A Handbook Of Twelve Lectures (1905)
The New Humanism: Studies In Personal And Social Development (1902)
The Poetry And Philosophy Of Browning: A Handbook Of Eight Lectures
The Poetry And Philosophy Of Tennyson: A Handbook Of Six Lectures
Self-Culture Through the Vocation (1914)
Shakespeare: A Handbook Of Twelve Lectures
Sonnets To Sidney Lanier, And Other Lyrics
The Philosophy Of Art: The Meaning And Relations Of Sculpture, Painting, Poetry And Music
Philisophy of Plato and Its Relation to Modern Life (1910)
The Poetry And Philosophy Of Browning: A Handbook Of Eight Lectures
The Soul Of Democracy: The Philosophy Of The World War In Relation To Human Liberty
Syllabus Of A Course Of Six Lectures On Moral Leaders
Syllabus Of A Course Of Six Lectures On The Divine Comedy Of Dante
The Use Of The Margin: With An Introduction To The Series
The Sixth Sense: It's Cultivation and Use

Edward Howard Griggs circa 1890
Edward Howard Griggs circa 1890

Dr. [Hon.] Edward Howard Griggs circa 1948
Dr. [Hon.] Edward Howard Griggs circa 1948
From the June 7, 1951 edition of the Evening Independent, Massillon Ohio:
 

Death Takes Dr. Griggs

      Dr. Edward Howard Griggs, 83, author and lecturer who for a number of years gave a series of lectures to Washington high school seniors, died in a Fairfax, Va., hospital Wednesday of a heart attack.     Dr. Griggs said he gave more than 13,000 talks to audiences totaling 8,000,000.
     A native of Owatonna, Minn., he moved to Indiana and received his bachelor of arts degree from Indiana university in 1887 after only two years of study, being the only student in the school's history to complete the four-year course in two years.
     He received his master of art degree from Indiana in 1890 and later was awarded honorary degrees by the University of Maine, Colby college and Ohio university.
       After retiring in 1949 Dr. Griggs moved to Alexandria, Va., from Croton-on-Hudson, N. Y., where he had made his home for 30 years.
     Dr. Griggs came to Massillon annually for a number of years to lecture before members of the senior class who were required to take notes on his lectures and turn in essays.
     He generally gave a series of five lectures and senior students were required to attend at least one of them.  Attendance was necessary in order to graduate.
     Dr. Griggs' last visit here was about 12 years ago when the senior lecture program was discarded.

While little in the way of a formal biography of Edward Howard Griggs currently exists, there's no question that his life left its mark on 20th Century society. One of the early 20th century's most widely heard, widely read, and influential lecturers, critics and philosophers, Edward Griggs' movements, lectures, and appearances were widely reported in newspapers throughout the country, from the turn of the century until his death in 1951.

A prolific author and monologist, Griggs published literally hundreds of monographs on various aspects of the arts, human civilization, philosophy, and contemporary thinking of the era.

During The Golden Age of Radio, then honorary Dr. Griggs broadcast a fascinating series of thirty-five of his lectures on the moral, spiritual, and philosphical maturity of modern civilization dating from the classic Greek philosphers to some of the most influential thinkers and shapers of the early 20th century. Titled Lives of Great Men (1938), the series of 15-minute lectures was one of early American Radio's most influential historical retrospectives of its time.

Dr. Griggs continued to lecture and teach until his retirement in 1949. He passed away two years later.




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