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Abercrombie, Lascelles (1881–1938), poet and literary critic, was born at Manor House, Ashton upon Mersey, Cheshire, on 9 January 1881, the sixth son, and the tenth of eleven children (two of whom died in childhood), of William Abercrombie (1838–1908), stockbroker, of Ashton upon Mersey...

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Blair, Hugh (1718–1800), Church of Scotland minister and literary critic, was born in Edinburgh on 7 April 1718, the only child of John Blair, a clerk in the Excise Office, and Martha, daughter of Alexander Ogston, an Edinburgh bookseller, and his wife, Martha...

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Blunden, Edmund Charles (1896–1974), poet and university teacher, was born on 1 November 1896 at 54A Tottenham Court Road, London, the eldest of the nine children (five sons and four daughters) of Charles Edmund Blunden (1871–1951) and his wife, Georgina Margaret (1868–1967), daughter of ...

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Edmund Charles Blunden (1896–1974) by Ralph Hodgson, 1921 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brewer, Derek Stanley (1923–2008), literary scholar and college head, was born on 13 July 1923 at 49 Canada Road, Gabalfa, Cardiff, the younger son of Stanley Leonard Brewer (1892–1963), a clerk at an electrical fittings factory, and his wife, Winifred Helen, née Forbes (1896–1985)...

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Butler [née Evans], Marilyn Speers (1937–2014), literary scholar and college head, was born on 11 February 1937 at 67 Kenley Road, Coombe, Kingston on Thames, the younger child of Sir Trevor Maldwyn Evans (1902–1981), journalist, and his wife, Margaret Speers (Madge), ...

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Collins, John Churton (1848–1908), university extension teacher and advocate of the academic study of English literature, was born on 26 March 1848 at Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire, the eldest of the three sons of Henry Ramsay Collins, physician, and his wife, Maria, ...

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John Churton Collins (1848–1908) by Thomas W. Holgate © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Craig, William James (1843–1906), literary editor and university teacher, was born on 6 November 1843 at Camus-juxta-Bann, also known as Macosquin, co. Londonderry, the second son of George Craig (1800–1888) and his wife, Mary Catherine Sandys (1803–1879). His father was curate of Camus-juxta-Bann...

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Darbishire, Helen (1881–1961), literary scholar and college head, was born in Oxford on 26 February 1881, the second of the three children of Samuel Dukinfield Darbishire (1846–1892), physician to the Radcliffe Infirmary and coroner to the university, and his wife, Florence Eckersley (...