Papers of Gustave Rudler

Scope and Content

Papers of Gustave Rudler comprising:

  • incoming correspondence; there are some 70 correspondents, but the best represented correspondent is Gustave Lanson (120 letters)
  • notes on French literature, including on Benjamin Constant, Voltaire and Verlaine.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gustave Rudler (1872-1957) was a French scholar. His doctoral research, 'La jeunesse de Benjamin Constant, 1767-1794', was supervised by Gustave Lanson who remained a strong influence on his work long afterward, hence the quantity of his letters here. Rudler lectured at the Sorbonne for a short time, before being appointed Professor of French at Bedford College, University of London, in 1913. He became the first Marshal Foch Professor of French literature at the University of Oxford in 1920, and held the chair until his retirement, and return to Paris, in 1949. Rudler published widely, but especially on Benjamin Constant. See the Dictionary of National Biography for details.

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Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

The Library's card catalogue for manuscripts.

Related Material

In 1960 the Library also received over a thousand printed volumes formerly owned by Gustave Rudler. This collection includes rare 18th-century editions of Benjamin Constant as well as autographed works by 20th-century authors.