Papers of Philip Hobsbaum, b.1932, poet, editor, literary scholar and Professor of English Literature

Scope and Content

  • Unpublished novel: Idiot's lantern 1959
  • A theory of communication 1959-1968 (a version of his Ph.D. thesis: Some reasons for the great variety of response to literature among modern literary critics 1968)

Administrative / Biographical History

Professor Philip Hobsbaum, was born in  1932 . In the 1960s  he taught for four years at the Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, before becoming lecturer and reader in English Literature at the  University of Glasgow Scotland, from 1966 to 1985. Between 1985 and 1997 he held a Personal Chair in English Literature at the same university. In  2003 , he held the post of Professorial Research Fellow and Honorary Professor of English Literature. His main research interests lie in literary theory; prosody; modern British, Irish and American poetry; creative writing; Dickens; and Wordsworth, Coleridge and Romanticism. His Ph.D. thesis was published as A Theory of Communication in 1970 (in USA, Theory of Criticism). A book in the same area, Essentials of Literary Criticism, was published in 1983. He founded creative writing groups in London (1955), Belfast (1963) and Glasgow (1966), and, with Edward Lucie-Smith, published A Group Anthology (1963). Source:  University of Glasgow Department of English Literature webpages


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Gift : Philip Hobsbaum : February 1999 : ACCN 4728

Other Finding Aids

Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at University of Glasgow Library, Department of Special Collections website searching by the call number MS Gen 874-875

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Archivist's Note

Fonds level description compiled by Wiebke Redlich, Archives Assistant (Hub), 11 August 2003.

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Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents

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Custodial History

Held by Philip Hobsbaum


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Related Material


Material in other repositories: GB 0006 Philip Hobsbaum, correspondence and literary papers, available in the  Archives and Manuscripts section of Special Collections, Reading University Library CN 0977 Philip Hobsbaum, literary manuscripts 1955-1966, available at the  University of Victoria Archives

Location of Originals

This material is original


Hobsbaum, Philip ,A theory of communication,London 1970 No known publications using this material

Corporate Names