George Stuart Gordon

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George Stuart Gordon (1881–1942) was a British literary scholar.

Gordon was educated at Glasgow University and Oriel College, Oxford, where he received a First Class in Classical Moderations in 1904, Literae Humaniores in 1906, and the Stanhope Prize in 1905. He was a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1907 to 1915.

Gordon was Professor of English Literature at the University of Leeds from 1913 to 1922. Later he was Merton Professor of English Literature at Oxford from 1922 to 1928,[1] President of Magdalen College, Oxford,[2] Professor of Poetry there, and Vice-Chancellor (1938–1941). He was one of the Kolbítar, J. R. R. Tolkien's group of readers of Icelandic sagas.[3]

Gordon famously argued that English Literature was capable of having a widespread and positive influence. In his inaugural lecture for his Merton professorship he agued that "England is sick, and … English literature must save it. The Churches (as I understand) having failed, and social remedies being slow, English literature has now a triple function: still, I suppose, to delight and instruct us, but also, and above all, to save our souls and heal the State".[3]

His son George Gordon was a noted physiologist.[4]

Works[edit]

  • Henry Peacham's The Compleat Gentleman (1906) editor
  • English Literature and the Classics (1912) editor, contribution on Theophrastus
  • Mons and the Retreat (1917)[4]
  • Medium Aevum and the Middle Age (1925) Society for Pure English Tract 19
  • Richard II (Shakespeare) (1925) editor
  • On writing and writers, Walter Alexander Raleigh (1926) editor
  • Companionable Books (1927)
  • Shakespeare's English (1928) Society for Pure English Tract 29
  • Anglo-American Literary Relations (1942)
  • The Letters of G. S. Gordon, 1902-1942 (1943)
  • Shakespearian Comedy and other studies (1945)
  • The Discipline of Letters (1946)
  • Robert Bridges (1946) Rede Lecture
  • More Companionable Books (1947)
  • The Lives of Authors (1950)

References[edit]

  • Mary C. Biggar Gordon (1945) The Life of George S. Gordon 1881–1942

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ He had been a Fellow of Magdalen from 1907; mentioned in C. S. Lewis, Letters p.208. Gordon tutored Lewis.[2].
  3. ^ Page 82 in Wheen, Francis (2004) How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World, Harper Perennial
  4. ^ Under MI7; see PDF
Academic offices
Preceded by
Thomas Herbert Warren
President of Magdalen College, Oxford
1928–1942
Succeeded by
Henry Thomas Tizard
Preceded by
Alexander Dunlop Lindsay
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
1938–1941
Succeeded by
William David Ross