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I.A. Richards (1893-1979), literary critic, poet, and rhetorician, first came to Harvard as a lecturer in English at the Harvard School of Education in 1939. In 1944, he was named University Professor at Harvard College, a position which he held until 1963. The I.A. Richards correspondence and typescript, 1940-1981, chiefly contains Richards' letters dating from his tenure at Harvard as well as a typescript of his 1950 play, A Leak in the Universe.