Papers of Charles Salter, 1918-2008, Lecturer in Humanities and English Literature, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Handwritten index cards, c1950s-1980s
  • Handwritten notes on literary criticism, c1950s-1980s
  • Handwritten notes on various authors including John Milton, Dryden, Austen, Dickens, and Melville, c1950s-1980s
  • Hogarth card prints, c1950s-1980s
  • Notes and essay on 'Metaphysical poets', c1940s
  • Notes on figures of speech and terms, 1940s
  • Notes on T. S. Elliot, 1953
  • Notes on popular novels including The Secret Garden, "Death of a Salesman", "Tess of the D'Urbervilles", "Streetcar named Desire" and "Crucible", c1950s-1960s
  • Notes on Marx, c1950s-1960s
  • Handwritten notes on Shakespeare's plays, themes and characters, c1950s-1980s
  • Handwritten notes on Thomas Hardy's works, themes and literary criticism, c1950s-1980s
  • Handwritten notes and literary criticisms of various authors including James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and George Elliot, c1950s-1980s
  • Handwritten and typed lecture notes, c1950s-1980s
  • Typescript lists of texts for Advanced Class, c1950s-1980s
  • Typescript notes on significant dates and bibliography, c1950s-1980s
  • Notes on Romantic Poets, c1950s-1980s
  • Notes on the Victorians, c1950s-1980s
  • Notes on the French Revolution, c1950s-1980s
  • Notes on the Gothic revival, c1950s-1980s
  • Handwritten notes and extracts from the Bible, c2000
  • Draft papers and lectures on themes including Webster, Ford and Bacon, c1950s-1980s
  • Literary criticism of the Renaissance, c1950s-1980s
  • Handwritten notes and extracts on classics, c1960s
  • Notes on the Scottish Literary Tradition, c1960s
  • Copy of Salter's review of Suhnel's book on Homer, c1960s
  • Handwritten notes for HO Seminar 'Idealism and Realism, 1973
  • Handwritten notes on Ovid, Sophocles, Prometheus and Horace, 1958
  • Lecture notes and criticisms on the classical background to English Literature, 1958
  • Translations and notes on Renaissance literature, 1958
  • Notes on the 'Greek view of life after death', 1958
  • Notes on 'The Homeric Question', 1958

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Henry Salter was born in London on the 21st of July, 1918. He was educated at St Paul's School, where he later became President of the Union Society. After this he began his career at the New College Oxford as a Senior Open Classics Scholar in 1937. Only two years later he won two Chancellor's prizes, a testament to his potential and an unprecedented achievement at the time. His career was then interrupted by World War II, however in 1946 he returned to Oxford to continue his studies among many notable peers including Mary Wilson (who later became Baroness Warnock), Iris Murdoch and Anthony Wedgwood Benn.

Salter first joined the University of Glasgow within the Department of Humanities in 1948. In 1950, he then transferred to the Department of English Literature at the request of the head of the Department at the time, Peter Alexander, a Shakespearean scholar. Among his works includes articles on Dryden and Addison, as well as contributions to text books on English poetry and modern theatre. Salter retired in 1983, and died in July 2008. His notes compiled within this collection demonstrate his interest and passion for both the Classics and English Literature, including notes on Ovid, the Homeric question and a review of a book on Homer. Salter was known to have a different tactic to others when constructing exam papers, as he would ask critical questions of his texts and challenge his students and colleagues alike with queries about the texts he continued to study.


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Gift : Colin Salter : 11 Nov 2008 : ACCN 3268

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