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Herbert J. Hunt was an English writer and translator.
He was educated at Lichfield Cathedral Choir School, the Lichfield Grammar School and Magdalen College
Magdalen College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. As of 2006 the college had an estimated financial endowment of £153 million. Magdalen is currently top of the Norrington Table after over half of its 2010 finalists received first-class degrees, a record...
. He was Tutor and Fellow at St Edmund Hall
St Edmund Hall is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. Better known within the University by its nickname, "Teddy Hall", the college has a claim to being "the oldest academical society for the education of undergraduates in any university"...
from 1927 to 1944, then until 1966 he was Professor of French Literature and Language at London University
-20th century:Shortly after 6 Burlington Gardens was vacated, the University went through a period of rapid expansion. Bedford College, Royal Holloway and the London School of Economics all joined in 1900, Regent's Park College, which had affiliated in 1841 became an official divinity school of the...
and from 1966 to 1970 was Senior Fellow of Warwick University
The University of Warwick is a public research university located in Coventry, United Kingdom...
He published books on literature and thought in nineteenth-century France; he was also the author of a biography of Honoré de Balzac
Honoré de Balzac was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon....
, and a comprehensive study of Balzac's writings: Balzac's 'Comédie Humaine (1959, paperback 1964). His translation of Balzac's Cousin Pons
Le Cousin Pons is virtually the last of the 94 works of Honoré de Balzac’s Comédie humaine, which are in both novel and short story form. Begun in 1846 as a novella, or long-short story, it was envisaged as one part of a diptych, Les Parents pauvres , the other part of which was La Cousine Bette...
appeared in the Penguin Classics in 1968.
He died in 1973.