VanDerBeets, Richard (1932-2005)

VanDerBeets, Richard (1932-2005)

Date Updated




Academic Rank

Associate Professor

Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

University of the Pacific, Am. Lit., 1973 Ph.D.

University of Idaho, English, 1963 MA

San Jose State College, English, 1959 BA,

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1968-1993

Robert College, Istanbul, Turkey, 1965-1966

Menlo College, Menlo Park, CA, 1963-1964

Administrative and Professional Experience

Literary Agent, WEST COAST LITERARY ASSOCIATES (sole proprietorship), 1990‑present.

Selected Publications

George Sanders: An Exhausted Life. Lanham, MD: Madison Books, 1990. Reprinted London: Robson Books, 1991. Paperback edition, 1992

The Indian Captivity Narrative.' An American Genre. Washington, D.C.: University Press of America, 1984.

Held Captive By Indians: Selected Narratives, 1642‑1836 (ed). Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1973. Paperback edition, 1994.

Classic Short Fiction: An International Collection (co‑ed). Indianapolis: Bobbs­Merrill, 1972.

Drama: A Critical Collection (co‑ed). New York: Harper & Row, 1971.

A Critical Guide to Herman Melville (co‑ed). Chicago: Scott, Foresman and Co., 1971.

American Short Fiction: Readings and Criticism (co‑ed). Indianapolis: Bobbs‑Merrill, 1970.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: An Edition (co‑ed). Chicago: Scott, Foresman and Co., 1970.

A Guide to Henry James' The Ambassadors. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1969.

Personal Commentary

Date Completed: 9/96

Adapted from: Biographies of Retired Faculty San Jose State University 1997: A Project of the Emeritus Faculty Association of San Jose State University. San Jose, CA: The University, 1997.


VanDerBeets, Richard (1932-2005)