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Bell, Sir (Harold) Idris (1879–1967), papyrologist and scholar of Welsh literature  

C. H. Roberts

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Bell, Sir (Harold) Idris (1879–1967), papyrologist and scholar of Welsh literature, was born on 2 October 1879 at Epworth, Lincolnshire, the son of Charles Christopher Bell (b. 1845), chemist, and his wife, Rachel Hughes (d. 1880). His father's family had been yeoman farmers in the north midlands and had marked literary leanings, his father not least; but the Welsh inheritance from his mother meant more to ...

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Bell, Sir (Harold) Idris (1879–1967)  

Maker: Walter Stoneman

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Sir (Harold) Idris Bell (1879–1967) by Walter Stoneman, 1955 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772–1834)  

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834) by Peter Vandyke, 1795 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772–1834), poet, critic, and philosopher  

John Beer

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772–1834), poet, critic, and philosopher, was born on 21 October 1772 at Ottery St Mary, Devon, and baptized there on 30 December, the youngest of ten children born to John Coleridge (bap. 1719, d. 1781), vicar of the town and master of the grammar school, and his second wife, ...

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Dobell, Sydney Thompson (1824–1874)  

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Sydney Thompson Dobell (1824–1874) by Briton Riviere © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dobell, Sydney Thompson (1824–1874), poet and literary scholar  

Martha Westwater

Dobell, Sydney Thompson (1824–1874), poet and literary scholar, was born on 5 April 1824 at Cranbrook in Kent, the eldest son in the family of ten children of John Dobell, wine merchant and author, and Julietta Thompson, daughter of Samuel Thompson (1766–1837), a religious reformer, who founded the ...

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Elton, Oliver (1861–1945)  

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Oliver Elton (1861–1945) by Augustus John University of Liverpool Art Gallery and Collections

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Elton, Oliver (1861–1945), literary scholar and translator  

D. N. Smith

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Elton, Oliver (1861–1945), literary scholar and translator, was born on 3 June 1861 at Gresham grammar school, Holt, Norfolk, the only child of the Revd Charles Allen Elton (1820–1887), headmaster of the school, and his wife, Sarah Amelia (b. 1833), daughter of ...

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Flower, Robin Ernest William (1881–1946), scholar of Irish literature and poet  

Bernard O'Donoghue

Flower, Robin Ernest William (1881–1946), scholar of Irish literature and poet, was born on 16 October 1881 at Meanwood, Leeds, the son of Marmaduke Clement William Flower, a portrait painter who had fought on the Confederate side in the American Civil War after being disowned by his family, and his wife, ...

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Furnivall, Frederick James (1825–1910)  

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Frederick James Furnivall (1825–1910) by Charles Haslewood Shannon, 1901 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Furnivall, Frederick James (1825–1910), textual scholar and editor  

William S. Peterson

Furnivall, Frederick James (1825–1910), textual scholar and editor, was born on 4 February 1825 in Egham, Surrey, the eldest of the nine children of George Frederick Furnivall (1781–1865) and Sophia Hughes Barwell (1794–1879). Furnivall's father, descended from a family of Cheshire yeoman farmers, was trained at ...

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Grote, Harriet (1792–1878)  

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Harriet Grote (1792–1878) by unknown artist The Royal Bank of Scotland Group Art Collection

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Grote [née Lewin], Harriet (1792–1878), woman of letters  

Joseph Hamburger

Grote [née Lewin], Harriet (1792–1878), woman of letters, was born on 1 July 1792 at Ridgeway, near Southampton, Hampshire, the fifth of twelve children of Thomas Lewin (1753–1843), retired employee of the East India Company, and Mary Hale (1768–1837). She had four sisters and seven brothers....

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Hobsbaum, Philip Dennis (1932–2005), poet and literary scholar  

William Baker

Hobsbaum, Philip Dennis (1932–2005), poet and literary scholar, was born on 29 June 1932 at 24 Underwood Street, Whitechapel, London, the son of Joseph Hobsbaum, telephone engineer, and his wife, Rachel, née Sapera. His parents were both first-generation eastern European Jewish immigrants. In 1939 his father's job took the family to ...

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Jones, John Gwilym (1904–1988), literary scholar and author  

Gwyn Thomas

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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Knight, (George) Richard Wilson (1897–1985), literary scholar  

Francis Berry

Knight, (George) Richard Wilson (1897–1985), literary scholar, was born in Sutton, Surrey, on 19 September 1897, the younger son and younger child—the elder being W. F. Jackson Knight, the Virgilian scholar—of George Knight (d. 1943), of the Northern Insurance Company, and his wife, ...

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Leavis [née Roth], Queenie Dorothy (1906–1981), literary scholar  

Ian MacKillop

Leavis [née Roth], Queenie Dorothy (1906–1981), literary scholar, was born on 7 December 1906 at 79 Silver Street, Edmonton, Middlesex, the second of the three children of Morris Roth (1876–1953), hosier, and afterwards draper, and Jane Davis (1876–1940). Her parents were observant Jews. She was educated at ...

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Nokes, David Leonard (1948–2009), biographer and literary scholar  

Pat Rogers

Nokes, David Leonard (1948–2009), biographer and literary scholar, was born in Paddington Hospital, London, on 11 March 1948, the son of Anthony John Nokes (1922–1999), a clerical officer in the Central Office of Information, and his wife, Ethel Murray, née Smith (1919–1996). At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Rieu, Emile Victor (1887–1972)  

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Emile Victor Rieu (1887–1972) by Walter Bird, 1957 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Rieu, Emile Victor (1887–1972), literary scholar and translator  

P. J. Connell

Rieu, Emile Victor (1887–1972), literary scholar and translator, was born in London on 10 February 1887, the fifth son and seventh and youngest child of Charles Pierre Henri Rieu (1820–1902), of Geneva, keeper of oriental manuscripts at the British Museum, and later professor of Arabic at ...