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date: 15 January 2021

Abercrombie, Lascellesfree

FBA 1937; MA (Liverpool and Oxford); Hon. LittD (Camb. and Manchester); Hon. DLit (Belfast)

Born 9 Jan. 1881; 6th s of William Abercrombie, Ashton-on-Mersey, Cheshire; m Catherine, 2nd d of Owen Gwatkin, Grange-over-Sands; three s one d; died 27 Oct. 1938

Goldsmiths’ Reader in English, Oxford University, since 1935


Malvern College; Victoria University, Manchester (education chiefly scientific)


Lecturer in Poetry, University of Liverpool, 1919–22; Professor of English Literature, University of Leeds, 1922–29; Hildred Carlile Professor of English Literature, University of London (Bedford College), 1929–35; Clark Lecturer, Trinity College, Cambridge, 1923; Ballard Matthews Lecturer, University College, Bangor, 1924; Leslie Stephen Lecturer, Cambridge, 1929; Lecturer in Fine Arts (Poetry), Queen’s University of Belfast, 1931–32; Turnbull Lecturer Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, 1935; Gregynog Lecturer, University College, Aberystwyth, 1938


Interludes and Poems, 1908; Emblems of Love, 1912; Deborah, 1912; Thomas Hardy, a Critical Study, 1912; Speculative Dialogues, 1913; The Epic, 1914; Theory of Art, 1922; Four Short Plays, 1922; Principles of English Prosody, 1923; Phœnix, 1923; Theory of Poetry, 1924; Idea of Great Poetry, 1925; Romanticism, 1926; Twelve Idylls, 1928; Progress in Literature, 1929; Collected Poems (in Oxford Poets, 1930); Liberty of Interpreting (British Academy Shakespeare Lecture), 1930; The Sale of St Thomas, 1931; Poetry—its Music and Meaning, 1932


Merton College, Oxford