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CodeNA6759
Dates1861-1922
Person NameRaleigh; Walter Alexander (1861-1922); Sir; critic, essayist
SurnameRaleigh
ForenamesWalter Alexander
TitleSir
Epithetcritic, essayist
ActivitySir Walter Alexander Raleigh (1861-1922, critic and essayist, was born in London, the son of Alexander Raleigh, a Congregationalist minister, and Mary Darling. Raleigh. He was educated at the City of London School, and from 1876, whilst staying with his uncle Adam Gifford, at the Edinburgh Academy. He returned to London in 1877 and attended University College School, and then University College where he graduated BA, 1881. Raleigh then studied at King's College, Cambridge, 1881-1885, and obtained a second class in the Historical Tripos, 1885.

In 1885, he was appointed Professor of English Literature at the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College, Aligarh, but had to return to England because of ill-health, 1887. Raleigh then lectured for the Oxford University Extension Delegacy and, after a brief period at Victoria University, Manchester, he was appointed Professor of Modern Literature at University College, Liverpool, 1890. That year he married Lucie Gertrude, and they had four sons and a daughter.

Raleigh was appointed professor of English Language and Literature, University of Glasgow, 1900, and in 1904 he accepted the chair of English Literature at Oxford which was later reconstituted as the Merton chair of English Literature, 1914. At that time he became a fellow of Merton College, a post which he held until his death in 1922 from typhoid, which he contracted on a trip to the East. Raleigh was elected an honorary fellow of King's College, 1912 and Magdalen College, 1916. He was awarded honorary degrees from the universities of Glasgow and Durham. Raleigh's publications include: 'The English Novel' (1894); ' Milton' (1900); 'Wordsworth' (1903); 'Shakespeare' (1907); 'England and the War' (1918).
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