Oscar Browning: Life of George Eliot

Scope and Content

Chapters I-IV of Oscar Browning's Life of George Eliot, 199 folios.

Administrative / Biographical History

Oscar Browning (1837-1923), historian, was born in London on 17 January 1837. He attended Eton from 1850, and entered King's College, Cambridge, in 1856, where he became a fellow in 1859. He was assistant master at Eton, 1860-1875, before returning to King's, where he was appointed a lecturer in history in 1880. He became a university lecturer in 1883, and was principal of the Cambridge University day training college for teachers, which he was chiefly responsible for founding, 1891-1909. He left Cambridge in 1908, and settled in Rome, where he died on 6 October 1923.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by C.E. Sayle, 1923.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Browning in J.R.H. Weaver, Dictionary of national biography, 1922-1930 (Oxford University Press, 1937), pp. 126-127.

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Custodial History

The volume was presented by the author to C.E. Sayle in 1889.


The Life of George Eliot was published in 1890 in E.S. Robinson's series of Great writers.