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

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

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

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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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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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Dobrée, Bonamy (1891–1974), literary scholar and university teacher, was born at 4 Queen's Gate Place, London, on 2 February 1891, the youngest child and only son of the three children of Bonamy Dobrée and his wife, Violet Chase. The Dobrées were a well-known ...

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Dame Helen Louise Gardner (1908–1986) by Walter Bird, 1959 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gardner, Dame Helen Louise (1908–1986), literary scholar, was born at Brookfield, Dukes Avenue, Church End, Finchley, Middlesex, on 13 February 1908, the middle child and only daughter of Charles Henry Gardner (1867–1919), journalist, and his wife, Helen Mary Roadknight, née Cockman (1877–1967), daughter of ...

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Ghose, Manmohan (1869–1924), poet and university teacher, was born on 19 January 1869 at Bhagalpur, Bihar, India, the second son of Krishna Dhan Ghose (1844–1892/3), a civil medical officer in Bengal, and his wife, Swarnalata Basu (b. 1852), the eldest daughter of ...

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Greenfield, William (1755–1827), Church of Scotland minister and literary critic, was born on 2 February 1755, the son of Captain John Greenfield and his wife, Grisel Cockburn, and was baptized at Dalkeith a week later. He married Janet Bervie (d. 1827) on 22 November 1782, and they had three sons and three daughters....

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George Bagshawe Harrison (1894–1991) by Howard Coster, 1939 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Harrison, George Bagshawe (1894–1991), literary scholar, was born on 14 July 1894 at 6 Brunswick Place, Hove, Sussex, the fourth (and second surviving) of the five children of Dr Walter Harrison (1860–1939), dental surgeon, and his wife, Ada Louisa (b. 1861), daughter of ...

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Herford, Charles Harold (1853–1931), literary scholar, was born at Manchester on 18 February 1853, the eldest son of Charles James Herford (1817–1891), wine merchant, and his wife, Mary Jane. The Herford family were prominent Unitarians when that persuasion included many of Manchester's business and intellectual élite: ...

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James Ingram (1774–1850) by Thomas Clement Thompson, in or after 1863 The President and Fellows of Trinity College, Oxford

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Ingram, James (1774–1850), Old English scholar and antiquary, son of John Ingram (1713/14–1785) and Elizabeth (1734/5–1814), his wife, was born on 21 December 1774 at Codford St Mary, near Salisbury, where his family had owned property for several generations. He was sent to ...

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Jacob Isaacs (1896–1973) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London