Carl Bode was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1911. He was a historian, biographer, and poet who wrote and edited 30 books. His written work includes Mencken (1969), Maryland: A Bicentennial History (1978), and The Anatomy of American Popular Culture (1983); and his work as editor includes Collected Poems of Henry Thoreau (1943) and The Portable Emerson (1981). Bode founded the Mencken Society and the American Studies Association. The Guggenheim and Ford Foundations both awarded him fellowships, and he was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature while serving as cultural attaché at the American Embassy in London. He taught at the University of Maryland for almost 40 years. Bode died in 1993.
Audio Recordings with Carl Bode
- Carl Bode reading his poems with comment in the Recording Laboratory, April 27, 1960