Merton Professors
There are two Merton Professorships of English in the University of Oxford
University of Oxford
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: the Merton Professor of English Language and Literature, and the Merton Professor of English Literature. The second was created in 1914 when Sir Walter Raleigh's chair was renamed. At the present day both professorships are associated with Merton College, but Dame Helen Gardner held her post in association with Lady Margaret Hall. The occupants of the chairs have been:

Merton Professor of English Language and Literature
  • 1885 – 1916: Arthur S. Napier (1853-1916)
  • 1916 – 1920: vacant
  • 1920 – 1945: H. C. K. Wyld
    Henry Cecil Kennedy Wyld
    Henry Cecil Kennedy Wyld was a significant English lexicographer and philologist.-Early life:Wyld was born in 1870. He studied at Charterhouse from 1883 to 1885. He was privately educated in Lausanne from 1885 to 1888...

  • 1945 – 1959: J. R. R. Tolkien
    J. R. R. Tolkien
    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Pembroke College,...

  • 1959 – 1980: Norman Davis
    Norman Davis (academic)
    Norman Davis MBE FBA was Merton Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford, 1959–1980 in succession to J. R. R. Tolkien....

  • 1980 – 1984: vacant
  • 1984 – present: Suzanne Romaine

Merton Professor of English Literature
  • 1904 – 1922: Walter A. Raleigh
    Walter Raleigh (professor)
    Professor Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh was an English scholar, poet and author.He was born in London, the fifth child and only son of a local Congregationalist minister...

  • 1922 – 1928: George Stuart Gordon
    George Stuart Gordon
    George Stuart Gordon was a British literary scholar.Gordon was educated at Glasgow University, Oriel College, Oxford ....

  • 1929 – 1946: David Nichol Smith (1875-1962)
  • 1947 – 1957: F.P. Wilson
    F.P. Wilson
    Frank Percy Wilson FBA was Merton Professor of English Literature between 1947 and 1957.- External links :*

  • 1957 – 1966: Nevill Coghill
    Nevill Coghill
    Nevill Coghill was a British literary scholar, known especially for his modern English version of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.-Life:...

  • 1966 – 1975: Helen Gardner (1908-1986)
  • 1975 – 2002: John Carey
    John Carey (critic)
    John Carey is a British literary critic, and emeritus Merton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford. He was born in Barnes, London, and educated at Richmond and East Sheen Boys’ Grammar School, winning an Open Scholarship to St John's College, Oxford. He served in the East...

  • 2002 - present David Norbrook
    David Norbrook
    David Norbrook is Merton Professor of Renaissance English literature at Oxford University. He is a fellow of Merton College, Oxford. He specializes in literature, politics and historiography in the early modern period, and in early modern women's writing. He is currently writing a biography and...

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