Jackson Knight's Elysion

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection includes a typescript of Elysion: on Ancient Greek and Roman beliefs concerning a life after death (1970) by Jackson Knight marked with Hugh Stubbs's comments, and separate notes. There are also notes from Robert Wilson Cruttwell, author of Virgil's Mind at Work (1946) and author of Camoens, the Newdigate Prize poem (Oxford) 1907. Also there is a letter to Hugh Stubbs from Wilson Knight and two summaries for Virgil Society lectures, by Miss Francesca Marten and Sir William Munday.

Administrative / Biographical History

Jackson Knight, the elder son of George Knight and Caroline Louisa Jackson, was born on 20 October 1895. He was educated at Dulwich College and Hertford College Oxford, to which he won an open scholarship in Classics. He served as a despatch rider during the First World War. After a number of teaching jobs, including ten years at All Saints' School, Bloxham, he became a temporary lecturer in Classics at the University of St Andrews. The following year he accepted an Assistant Lectureship at Exeter, which he turned to a Lectureship the next year and a Readership in 1942. He remained at Exeter, a committed educationalist who inspired hundreds of students, until and after he retired. His publications included several works on Virgil, including Vergil's Troy (1932), Cummaean Gates (1936), Accentual Symmetry in Vergil (1939), Roman Vergil (1943), Vergil and Homer (1950), and Virgil's Aeneid, a translation (Penguin Classics, 1956). In addition he played a key role in extra-mural activities, encouraging young poets and establishing and commanding the University's Officer Training Corps. He established the international review Erasmus. He retired from teaching in 1961. His biography, by his brother George Wilson Knight, was published in 1975.

Hugh Stubbs was an Assistant Lecturer in the Classics Dept 1942-46 and a Lecturer from 1946 until his retirement in the 1960s.

Conditions Governing Access

Usual EUL arrangements apply

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to the University Library in 1990 by Hugh Stubbs through the offices of FD Harvey and Professor TP Wiseman of the Classics Dept, University of Exeter.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual EUL arrangements apply