Literary scholar; university professor. Born– January 6, 1905, Shawnee, Okla. Parents– William Henry and Caroline (Barbour) Beatty. Married– Floy Ward, May 7, 1927. Education– Public schools of Birmingham; Birmingham Southern College, A.B., 1926, M.A., 1928; Vanderbilt University, Ph.D., 1930. Taught at Tennessee State Teachers College in Memphis; University of Alabama; Vanderbilt University, 1937-56; literary editor of the Nashville Tennessean, 1956-1961. Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, 1940.  His colleagues at Vanderbilt published in his honor, Reality and Myth:  Essays in American Literature in Honor of Richmond Croom Beatty, 1964.  Died October 4, 1961.


Who Was Who in America, Vol. 4 and Owen’s The Story of Alabama;bhamwiki.


Bayard Taylor; Laureate of the Gilded Age. Norman; University of Oklahoma Press, 1936.

James Russell Lowell. Nashville; Vanderbilt University Press, 1942.

Lord Macaulay, Victorian Liberal. Norman; University of Oklahoma Press, 1938.

William Byrd of Westover. Boston; Houghton, 1932.

William Byrd’s Natural History of Virginia; or, The Newly Discovered Eden. Richmond, Va.; s.n., 1940.


A Vanderbilt Miscellany, 1919-1944.  Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 1944.


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; an Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Sources, Criticism. New York; Norton, 1977.

The American Tradition in Literature.  New York:  Norton, 1956.

Contemporary Southern Prose. Boston; D.C. Heath Co., 1940.

The English Drama,900-1642:  An Anthology.  New York:  Norton, 1935.

The Literature of the South.  Scott, Foresman, 1952.

Patterson, Giles J.  Journal of a Southern Student. Nashville:  Vanderbilt University Press, 1944.

The Red Badge of Courage; an Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Sources, Criticism. New York; Norton, 1978.


Papers of Richard Croom Beatty are held by the Heard Library at Vanderbilt.