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Michael Mackintosh Foot (1913–2010) by unknown photographer, 1973 © Getty Images

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Foot, Michael Mackintosh (1913–2010), journalist, politician, and author, was born at 1 Lipson Terrace, Plymouth, on 23 July 1913, the fourth of five sons and fifth of seven children of Isaac Foot (1880–1960), Liberal MP and solicitor, a native of Plymouth, and his wife, ...

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Jones, Elsie Elizabeth Duncan- [née Elsie Elizabeth Phare] (1908–2003), literary scholar, was born at 3 Walnut Road, Chelston, Devon, on 2 July 1908, the elder daughter of Henry Phare, stationer and later radio engineer, and his wife, Hilda Annie, née Bull. Her brilliance was recognized at ...

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Jones, John Gwilym (1904–1988), literary scholar and author, was born on 27 September 1904 at 6 Rathbone Terrace, Y Groeslon, near Caernarfon in north Wales. He lived for the greater part of his life in a house called Angorfa, in that village. He was the only child of ...

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Webb, Thomas Ebenezer (1821–1903), philosopher, barrister, and literary critic, was born in Portscatho, Cornwall, on or about 8 May 1821. He was eldest of the twelve children of the Revd Thomas Webb, a Methodist minister who owned a small estate in Cornwall, and his wife, ...

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Willey, Basil (1897–1978), literary scholar, was born at 25 Craven Road, Willesden, north London, on 25 July 1897, the only child of William Herbert Willey (1865–1949), secretary and later managing director of the family business, the London Electric Wire Company, and his wife, ...

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Basil Willey (1897–1978) by Elliott & Fry, 1949 © National Portrait Gallery, London