Quennell, Peter, 1905-1993

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Margaret Anchoretta Ormsby was born in 1909 in Quesnel but spent most of her childhood in the Okanagan Valley. In 1925, she enroled at UBC earning a B.A. (1929) and M.A. (1931) in History. Ormsby began her Ph.D. at Bryn Mawr in 1931, interrupting her studies between 1934 and 1936 to work as a teaching assistant in the Department on History at UBC. After completing her Ph.D. in 1936, she taught in the United States for three years. In 1940, Ormsby became a lecturer in the History Department of McMaster University. She returned to UBC to teach in 1943, becoming a professor in 1955 and the Head of the History Department in 1965. She held the position of head until her retirement from the University in 1974. During the 1970's, Ormsby taught courses at the University of Toronto as well as at the University of Western Ontario. Between 1960 and 1967, she chaired the Historical Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Ormsby has made several literary contributions to the field of Canadian History including British Columbia: A History (1958) commemorating the centennial of the designation of B.C. as a crown colony, A Pioneer Gentle Woman in British Columbia: the Recollections of Susan Allison (1976) and Coldstream - Nulli Secundus (1990) as well as numerus entries to journals and encyclopedias. She has received honourary doctorates from each of the major universities in B.C. and holds the Insignia of the Order of British Columbia.

From the description of Margaret Ormsby fonds. 1839-1996. (University of British Columbia Library). WorldCat record id: 606456009

Peter Quennell was an English biographer, critic, and literary historian born in Bickley, South East Greater London, England in March of 1905. Son of social historians and authors Marjorie and Charles Henry Bourne Quennell, Peter was introduced to the world of scholarship early in his life. He was educated at Balliol College, Oxford and taught English in Japan for a year at the Tokyo University of Science and Literature. Married five times, Quennell had two children: Sarah with his third wife and Alexander with his fifth.

Quennell published his first book, Masques & Poems, in 1922. He went on to publish several more volumes of poetry. Later, he distinguished himself as a biographer of 18th and 19th century authors including Alexander Pope, William Hogarth, and Samuel Johnson, and was considered an authority on Lord Byron. As a journalist, Quennell was editor of Cornhill Magazine from 1944 to 1951 and was the founder and editor of History Today from 1951 to 1979.

A prolific author, Peter Quennell edited and contributed to numerous literary histories in his final years, including his works The Last Edwardians and An Illustrated Companion to World Literature . He also published a two-volume autobiography: The Marble Foot covers his life up to 1938, and Wanton Chase picks up from 1939. He was knighted in 1992 at the age of eighty-seven, shortly before his death in 1993.

From the guide to the Peter Quennell Papers, 1955-1973 (bulk 1970-1973), (The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center)

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referencedIn Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962. Additional papers, 1870-1969. Houghton Library
referencedIn Donald and Katharine Foley Collection of Penguin Books, 1935-1965 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Hughes, Richard Arthur Warren, 1900-1976. Papers, 177-1981. Indiana University
referencedIn Manuscript verse by Sir Peter Quennell, c.1926-1927 University of Southampton Libaries Special Collections
referencedIn Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966. Papers, 1681-1966 (bulk 1900-1960) Houghton Library
creatorOf Harper, Allanah, 1904-1992. Allanah Harper Papers, 1931-1993. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Woolmer, J. Howard,. The Poetry Bookshop Collecton, 1961-1967. The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library
referencedIn Boxer mss., 1923-1975 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Ormsby, Margaret A., 1909-1996. Margaret Ormsby fonds. University of British Columbia Library
referencedIn Papers of Robert Graves: Correspondence (arranged by correspondent), c1909 to 2004 St John's College, Oxford
referencedIn Mary Hyde Eccles papers, 1853-2005, (bulk) 1939-2003. Houghton Library
creatorOf Howard, Elizabeth Jane. Papers of Elizabeth Jane Howard, 1933-2009. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Peter Quennell Papers, 1955-1973 (bulk 1970-1973) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Parker, Derek. Collection, 1955-1970. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Sassoon, Siegfried, 1886-1967. Papers, 1894-1966. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Allanah Harper Papers TXRC99-A8., 1931-1993 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996. Papers, ca. 1914-1991. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Woolmer, J. Howard. J. Howard Woolmer Poetry bookshop collection, 1961-1967. The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library
referencedIn Lincoln Kirstein papers, ca. 1914-1991 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
creatorOf Lucie-Smith, Edward. Papers. University of Maryland (College Park, Md.). Libraries
referencedIn Derek Parker Collection TXRC96-A45., 1955-1970 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Sir William Rothenstein correspondence and other papers, 1887-1957. Houghton Library
referencedIn Clark, Robert Sterling, 1877-1956. Sterling and Francine Clark Papers: Reading Library, 1707-1961. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
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associatedWith Berman, Eugene, 1899- person
associatedWith Boxer, C. R. (Charles Ralph), 1904- person
associatedWith Clark, Robert Sterling, 1877-1956. person
correspondedWith Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962 person
correspondedWith Eccles, Mary Hyde. person
associatedWith Foley, Donald L. person
associatedWith Foley, Katharine person
correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
associatedWith Graves, Robert Windham, 1858-1934 person
associatedWith Harper, Allanah, 1904-1992 person
associatedWith Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. corporateBody
associatedWith Howard, Elizabeth Jane. person
associatedWith Hughes, Richard Arthur Warren, 1900-1976. person
associatedWith Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996. person
associatedWith Lucie-Smith, Edward. person
associatedWith Parker, Derek, 1932- person
correspondedWith Rothenstein, William, Sir, 1872-1945 person
associatedWith Sage, W. N. (Walter Noble), 1888-1963. person
associatedWith Sassoon, Siegfried, 1886-1967. person
associatedWith University of British Columbia. Dept. of History. corporateBody
correspondedWith Woolmer, J. Howard. person
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Birth 1905-03-09

Death 1993-10-27




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