University of Birmingham Staff Papers: Papers of Ernest de Selincourt

Scope and Content

Reviews of books by Selincourt, 1926-1942; transcripts of works by Selincourt, lectures and talks given by him, 1927-1936; proof copies of Selincourt's publications, 1926-1947; typescripts of excerpts from the Prelude ; scrap-books of press-cuttings relating to reviews of his works; offprints of articles; manuscripts of works on Arnold, Browne, Browning, Bunyan, Chatterton, Cowper, Education, Fuller, Lamb, Landor, Shakespeare, Shelley, Thackery and Traherne and Vaughan.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ernest de Selincourt, 1870-1943, scholar and literary critic; educated at Dulwich and University College, Oxford; where he obtained a second class in Literae Humaniores, 1894. Selincourt became a university lecturer in English in 1899, was Professor of English at University of Birmingham, 1908-1935 and Vice-Principal at Birmingham, 1931-1935. Selincourt edited the works of Keats, Spenser, and William and Dorothy Wordsworth; was Professor of Poetry at Oxford, 1928-1933, and was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 1927.

Reference: The Dictionary of National Biography: The Concise Dictionary, Part II ( Oxford University Press,Oxford, 1961 ).

For further reading about the University of Birmingham see: Eric Ives, Diane Drummond, Leonard Schwarz The First Civic University: Birmingham 1880-1980 An Introductory History ( The University of University of Birmingham Press. 2000 ).


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Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in 1966 by Selincourt's son.

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