William Lyon Phelps
(2 January 1865
- 21 August 1943
) was an American
author, critic and scholar
. Phelps gained a B.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University
and an M.A. from Harvard University
, where he went on to teach for just one year before returning to Yale to hold a position in the English department for 41 years. From 1941 to 1943 he was the director of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans
. He is included in Steven D. Price's compilation "1001 Smartest Things Ever Said" for saying, "This is the first test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible value to him."
His works include;
- Essays on Modern Novelists (1910),
- Advance of the English Novel (1916),
- Essays on Modern Dramatists (1921-1922),
- As I Like It (1923),
- Autobiography with Letters (1939),
- Marriage (1940).