E. M. W. Tillyard

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Eustace Mandeville Wetenhall Tillyard (1889–1962) was a British classical scholar and literary scholar. He was a Fellow in English (1926–1959) at Jesus College and later Master of Jesus College (1945–1959), Cambridge. He is known mainly for his book The Elizabethan World Picture, as background to Elizabethan Literature
Elizabethan literature
The term Elizabethan literature refers to the English literature produced during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I .The Elizabethan era saw a great flourishing of literature, especially in the field of drama...

, particularly Shakespeare, and for his works on John Milton
John Milton
John Milton was an English poet, polemicist, a scholarly man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell...

. He is credited with having put forward the view that Elizabethan literature is not representative of a brief period of humanism
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 between two outbreaks of Protestantism
Protestantism is one of the three major groupings within Christianity. It is a movement that began in Germany in the early 16th century as a reaction against medieval Roman Catholic doctrines and practices, especially in regards to salvation, justification, and ecclesiology.The doctrines of the...

, but rather representative of a theological bond in England that allowed for a continuation of the Medieval view of World Order. His historical scholarship and contextual analysis informed the study of sixteenth-century literature and became the foundation for much of what Cambridge undergraduates would study in preparation for their examinations.


  • The Athenian empire and the great illusion (1914)
  • The Hope vases: a catalogue and a discussion of the Hope collection of Greek vases with an introduction on the history of the collection and on late Attic and south Italian vases (1923)
  • Lamb's Criticism. A Selection from the Literary Criticism of Charles Lamb (1923)
  • The Personal Heresy: A Controversy (1939) with C. S. Lewis
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  • The Elizabethan World Picture: A Study of the Idea of Order in the age of Shakespeare, Donne & Milton (1942)
  • Shakespeare's history plays (1944)
  • Milton (1946)
  • The Miltonic Setting: Past and Present (1947)
  • Poetry and Its background: Illustrated By Five Poems 1470-1870 (1948)
  • Shakespeare's problem plays.(1949)
  • The English Renaissance, Fact Or Fiction? (1952)
  • The Nature of Comedy and Shakespeare (1958)
  • The Epic Strain in the English Novel (1958)
  • The Muse Unchained: An Intimate Account of the Revolution in English Studies at Cambridge (1958)
  • Myth and the English Mind (originally Some Mythical Elements in English Literature) The Clark Lectures (1959-1960)
  • Essays Literary & Educational (1962)
  • Comus & Some Shorter Poems Of Milton (1967) with Phyllis B. Tillyard
  • Shakespeare's Early Comedies