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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Calvin Thomas (1854 - 1919) was an American scholar who served as professor of Germanic languages and literature at Columbia University.

He was born near Lapeer, Michigan, graduated from the University of Michigan in 1874, and studied at the University of Leipzig in Germany. From 1886 to 1896 he was professor of Germanic languages at the University of Michigan, then filled the same chair at Columbia University. Professor Thomas was president of the Modern Language Association of America from 1896 to 1897, and of the American Dialect Society from 1912 to 1913.

He edited Faust (part i, 1892; part ii, 1897), Hermann und Dorothea (1891), Torquato Tasso (1888), and An Anthology of German Literature. His writings include:

  • A Practical German Grammar (1895; fourth edition, revised, 1905)
  • Goethe and the Conduct of Life (1886)
  • The Life and Works of Schiller (1901)
  • A History of German Literature (1909)

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