Oral History Interview with Leo Marx; Sponsored by the Friends of the Amherst College Library

Interviewed by Robert (Kim) Townsend on June 21, 2013

Leo Marx, former professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College, was interviewed by Robert (Kim) Townsend, former professor of English at the College.


Leo Marx taught at Amherst between 1958 to 1977. In 1976 he went to MIT where he is now Senior Lecturer, Kenan Professor of American Cultural History, Emeritus. His lifelong work has focused on the relationship between culture and technology in the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and how the two shaped each other. His The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America has been in print since 1964.

Robert C. Townsend came to Amherst in 1962 as a member of the English Department and served as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities until his retirement in 2008. He has taught everything from Wordsworth and Keats to nonfiction writing.

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