Laird, Charlton, 1901-1984



  • Existence: March 16, 1901-May 14, 1984

Charlton Grant Laird was born in Nashua, Iowa on March 16, 1901. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Iowa (B.A. 1925; M.A. 1929) and went on to study at Columbia, Stanford (Ph.D. 1940), and Yale. In 1930 and 1931, he was a Traveling Fellow in Europe. Prior to joining the University of Nevada in 1940, he taught at the University of Idaho, Purdue University, and Drake University. From 1945-1968, Laird was a professor of English at the University of Nevada, and was awarded Emeritus status in 1968. Laird was a linguist as well as a novelist and author of numerous scholarly and reference works. He authored numerous publications, including Modern English Handbook with Robert M. Gorrell, Webster 's New World Thesaurus, You and Your Language, The Miracle of Language, Words, Word, Words, Pickett at Gettysburg, and Laird's Promptory. In addition to scholarly works, Laird published two novels, West of the River and Thunder on the River. In 1925, Laird married Floy Davis. They remained married until her death in 1944. In 1945, he remarried to Helene Gent. Helen, a published author herself, co-authored a book, The Tree of Language, with her husband. Helen died in 1979.

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Charlton Laird Papers

Identifier: AC 0076
Overview Charlton G. Laird (1901-1984) was a linguist and professor of English at the University of Nevada, 1945-1968. In addition to his own publications, he co-authored English textbooks with Robert M. Gorrell, and a language book with wife, Helen Gent Laird. His correspondence includes folklorist and linguist Sven Liljeblad and his wife, Astrid; Nevada author Walter Van Tilburg Clark; Max and Michaline Urban, promoters for Latin American music in the United States; and Helen S. Carlson, author of a...