Raleigh, Walter Alexander, Sir, 1861-1922

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Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh was an English critic and essayist. In 1885, Raleigh went out to India having been appointed the first Professor of English literature at Aligarh Muslim University. In 1889, he was appointed Professor of modern literature at University College, Liverpool, and he began to write THE ENGLISH NOVEL (his first novel), ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON: AN ESSAY and STYLE. He was Clark lecturer in English literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1899, and incorporated his lectures into his book MILTON. By 1900, he was winning recognition as the most original and stimulating of the younger critics. In June 1904, Raleigh became the first holder of the new chair of English literature at Oxford, with a fellowship at Magdalen College. The school of English language and literature began its steady development with Raleigh's appointment. In October 1914, when his Oxford professorship was reconstituted as the Merton chair of English literature, he became a fellow of Merton College. After the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Raleigh stopped writing literary criticism. The war occupied his thoughts for the rest of his life. In 1915, he went to the United States of America in order to deliver at Princeton University two lectures about England and the War. He found a new interest in his lectures at Oxford after 1918, when men who had fought in the War crowded to hear him. In July 1918, he had accepted the invitation of the Air Ministry to write the official history of the Royal Air Force, THE WAR IN THE AIR, although he only managed to complete the first volume before his death.

From the description of Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh letters, 1900-1918 (bulk 1900-1904) (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 156051138

English scholar, critic and essayist.

From the description of Letters to Walter Edwin Peck [manuscript], 1920-1921. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647865562

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creatorOf Raleigh, Walter Alexander, Sir, 1861-1922. Letters to Walter Edwin Peck [manuscript], 1920-1921. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Lee, Sidney, Sir, 1859-1926. Autograph manuscripts in the hand of various authors of introductions, general and individual, to the Renaissance edition of Shakespeare (1907-1908) [manuscript], 1903-1906. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn David Nichol Smith papers, ca. 1904-1910 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Raleigh, Walter Alexander, Sir, 1861-1922. Letter to Horace Howard Furness, 1911. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Raleigh, Walter Alexander, Sir, 1861-1922. Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh letters, 1900-1918 (bulk 1900-1904) Princeton University Library
referencedIn Papers of Walter Alexander Raleigh, 1861-1922, Professor of English Literature, Glasgow University, Scotland, 1901 Glasgow University Library, Special Collections Department
creatorOf Raleigh, Walter Alexander, Sir, 1861-1922. Autograph letter signed W.A. Raleigh to:"My dear Madam" December 14, 1914. Wellesley College
referencedIn Matthews, Brander, 1852-1929. Raleigh's Shakspere [manuscript], [20th century] / by Brander Matthews. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Bullen, A. H. (Arthur Henry), 1857-1920. Letters, 1913-1918, Stratford-on-Avon, England, to Philip D. Sherman. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Sir William Rothenstein correspondence and other papers, 1887-1957. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Cushman, Charlotte Sanders, 1816-1862. Collection of autographs, [ca. 1797 to ca. 1915]. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn The Marsh Letters, 1827-1929 University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department
referencedIn Foerster, Norman, 1887-1972. Norman Foerster papers, ca.1900-1949. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Adams, William Davenport, 1851-1904. William Davenport Adams papers, 1882-1904. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Raleigh, Walter Alexander, Sir, 1861-1922. Autograph letter signed (incomplete) : Liverpool, to W.E. Henley, [1897?]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Simpson, Percy, 1865-1962. Percy Simpson papers 1870-1953. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Smith, David Nichol, 1875-1962. David Nichol Smith papers, ca. 1904-1910. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Percy Simpson papers, 1870-1953 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, 1819-1901. Papers, 1841-1900, London. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Records of the University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1304-[ongoing] Glasgow University Archive Services
creatorOf Raleigh, Walter Alexander, Sir, 1861-1922. Letter to [Frank] Sidgwick. Selford [?]. 1909 Apr. 25. University of Iowa Libraries
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Birth 1861-09-05

Death 1922-05-13

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