Literary scholar; University professor. Born– December 13, 1917, Ridgeway, Pa. Parents– Albert and Emma (Luchs) Amacher. Married– Cordelia Anne Ward, August 26, 1953. Children– One. Education– Ohio University, A.B., 1939; attended the University of Chicago, 1939-1942; University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D, 1947. Taught at Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1944; Yale University, 1944-1945; Rutgers University, 1945-1947; Henderson State Teachers College, 1954-1957; Auburn University 1957-1984; Hargis Professor of American Literature, 1978-84. Fulbright Professor at the University of Wurtzburg, 1961-1962; University of Konstanz in Germany in 1969-1970.  Member American Studies Association (president of Southeastern Division, 1977-79). Member Societie Historique d’Auteiul et de Passy.   Member and chair, Auburn Chamber Music Society. Member of Montgomery Symphony for 25 years; member Auburn University Orchestra, Auburn Community Orchestra, and other local musical organizations. Received the Poor Richard Almanack Award for his contributions to the 250th anniversary observance of Benjamin Franklin’s birth. Awarded emeritus status at Auburn on retirement, 1984. Died February 1, 2015.


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New Perspectives in German Literary Criticism; a Collection of Essays. Princeton; Princeton University Press, 1979.