Letters and papers of Professor Bonamy Dobre

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Letters and papers of Bonamy Dobre, Professor of English at the University of Leeds and Gresham Professor of Rhetoric in London. Dobre is particularly remembered for his work on Restoration dramatists, eighteenth-century English literature, and Kipling. He was also a member of the Central Advisory Council for Education (England) and of the editorial board of Universities Quarterly

Administrative / Biographical History

The son of Bonamy Dobre and Violet Chase, Bonamy (the younger) was born in 1891 and educated at Haileybury and the R.M.A., Woolwich. Commissioned in the Royal Artillery in 1910, he served in France and Palestine, and in the Second World War attained to the rank of Lt.Col. He graduated in 1921 from Christ's College, Cambridge, then lived mainly in France until 1925, when he was appointed a lecturer in English at Queen Mary College, London. There he was active in journalism and as theatre critic for the Nation & Athenaeum. Between 1926 and 1936 he was Professor of English at Cairo before coming to his professorship at Leeds. After retirement in 1955 he became Gresham Professor of Rhetoric in London. He died in 1974. Dobre is particularly remembered for his work on Restoration dramatists, eighteenth-century English literature, and Kipling. He was also a member of the Central Advisory Council for Education (England) and of the editorial board of Universities Quarterly.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Gift of Georgina Dobre, his daughter, 1974

Note

In English

Other Finding Aids

Contents described in Handlists 35 and 37, and in the Letters database http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/letters/letintro.htm

Bibliography

A selective bibliography of Bonamy Dobre up to 1962, prepared by Margaret Britton, was published in the Festschrift, Of Books and Humankind (1964), edited by John Butt.