Mary Ann Rorison Caws ’54 Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Posted March 23rd, 2010 at 9:24 am.

Photo of Mary Ann Rorison CawsMary Ann Rorison Caws ’54 has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a 225-year-old society whose purpose is “to elect to membership men and women of exceptional achievement, drawn from science, scholarship, business, public affairs, and the arts, and to conduct a varied program of projects and studies responsive to the needs and problems of society.”

Caws holds the title of Distinguished Professor of French, English and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  She has published widely on twentieth-century avant-garde literature and art, focusing on Surrealism, poets René Char and André Breton, Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group, and artists Robert Motherwell, Joseph Cornell, and Pablo Picasso. One of her primary themes has been the relationship between image and text. Her most recent books are a volume on Salvador Dalí and a recipe-laden memoir titled Provencal Cooking: Savoring the Simple Life in France. She maintains a blog at

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