University of Birmingham Staff Papers: Owen Hood Phillips

Scope and Content

The working papers of Professor Owen Hood Phillips, including manuscript and typescript notes, articles relating to Shakespeare and law, newscuttings and correspondence. Also includes unpublished chapters intended for publication in Shakespeare and the Lawyers, 1972, discussing theories that William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon was not the author of the plays.

Administrative / Biographical History

Owen Hood Phillips, 1907-1986. Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Birmingham, 1946-1974. Publications include Shakespeare and the Lawyers, (London: Methuen, 1972); Shakespeare and Gray's Inn, in 'Graya', 1970, pp.107-111; The Law Relating to Shakespeare, 1564-1964, in Law Quarterly Review, April/July, 1964 (2 parts)

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Access Information

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Conditions Governing Use

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