Brian Vickers (literary scholar)

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Sir William Brian Vickers, FBA (born 1937) is a British academic, now Emeritus Professor at ETH Zurich. He is known for his work on the history of rhetoric, Shakespeare, John Ford, and Francis Bacon. He joined the English Department at University College, London as a visiting professor in 2012.

He was born in Cardiff, educated at St. Marylebone Grammar School, London and at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating B.A. in 1962 with a Double First in English, winning both the Charles Oldham Shakespeare Scholarship and the Harness Shakespeare Essay Prize. He was awarded a Cambridge doctorate in 1967, and taught there until 1972. In that year he became Professor Ordinarius at ETH.

He has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 1998 (Corresponding, Ordinary Fellow from 2003)[1] and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, University of London since 2004. He was knighted for services to literary scholarship in the New Year Honours of 2008.[2] He is the General Editor of an old-spelling edition of the Complete Works of John Ford, to be published by Oxford University Press.

Works[edit]

  • The Man of Feeling by Henry Mackenzie (1967) editor
  • Francis Bacon and Renaissance Prose (1968)
  • The Artistry of Shakespeare's Prose (1968)
  • The World of Jonathan Swift: essays for the tercentenary (1968)
  • Essential articles for the study of Francis Bacon (1968) with Rut Tarselius
  • Seventeenth-century Prose: an anthology (1969) editor
  • Classical Rhetoric in English Poetry (1970)
  • Towards Greek Tragedy: drama, myth, society (1973)
  • Shakespeare; the critical heritage (six volumes, 1974–81) editor
  • Francis Bacon (1978)
  • Frances Yates and the Writing of History (1979)
  • Shakespeare's Hypocrites (1979)
  • Rhetorical and Anti-rhetorical Tropes : on writing the history of elocution (1981)
  • Shakespeare: Coriolanus (1981) editor
  • Rhetoric Revalued: papers from the International Society for the History of Rhetoric (1982) editor
  • Epideictic and Epic in the Renaissance (1983)
  • Epideictic rhetoric in Galileo's "Dialogo" (1983)
  • Occult and Scientific Mentalities in the Renaissance (1984) editor
  • Rhetoric and the Pursuit of Truth: language change in the 17th and 18th centuries (1985) editor with Nancy S. Struever
  • Public and Private Life in the Seventeenth Century: the Mackenzie-Evelyn debate (1986)
  • English Science, Bacon to Newton (1987)
  • In Defence of Rhetoric (1988)
  • Returning to Shakespeare (1989)
  • "Leisure and Idleness in the Renaissance: the ambivalence of otium". 4 (1). The Society for Renaissance Studies (John Wiley & Sons. March 1990. Article first published online: 29 August 2008. pp. 1–37. doi:10.1111/j.1477-4658.1990.tb00408.x. Retrieved 9 November 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  • Arbeit, Musse, Meditation : Studies in the Vita activa and Vita contemplativa (1991)
  • Appropriating Shakespeare: contemporary critical quarrels (1993)
  • The history of the reign of King Henry VII and selected works by Francis Bacon (1998) editor
  • The Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral by Francis Bacon (1999) editor
  • English Renaissance Literary Criticism (1999) editor
  • Shakespeare, Co-author: a historical study of the five collaborative plays (2002)
  • The major works: [including New Atlantis and the Essays] by Francis Bacon (2002) essays
  • Counterfeiting Shakespeare: evidence, authorship, and John Ford's Funerall elegye (2002)
  • The Merchant of Venice (2005) editor with William Baker
  • Shakespeare, A lover's complaint, and John Davies of Hereford (2007)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.britac.ac.uk/fellowship/elections/2003/vickers_b.cfm
  2. ^ "Arise, Sir Brian", Times Literary Supplement website, 2 January 2008.

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