Dyson in 1964/5 (in a still from the film Darling)
Henry Victor Dyson Dyson (1896–1975), generally known as Hugo Dyson and who signed his writings H. V. D. Dyson, was an English academic and a member of the Inklings literary group. He was a committed Christian, and together with J.R.R. Tolkien, he helped persuade C.S. Lewis to convert to Christianity.
Dyson taught English at the University of Reading from 1924 until obtaining a fellowship with Merton College, Oxford in 1945. He retired in 1963 but returned as emeritus fellow in 1969, teaching the newly introduced "modern" literature paper. His tutorials were memorable because many of the writers discussed had been personal friends.
Dyson was not a prolific writer - one of his few publications is Augustans and Romantics, co-authored with Professor John Butt - but the good quality and voluminous quantity of his lectures and general conversation had quite an effect on people. He much preferred talk at Inklings meetings to readings. He was also known to have a distaste for J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and is recorded by Christopher Tolkien as "lying on the couch, and lolling and shouting and saying, 'Oh God, no more Elves'". Dyson was not alone in his distaste for Tolkien's stories, and eventually Tolkien gave up reading from them to the group altogether. It seems from the letters of C.S. Lewis that Dyson was considered the most fun-loving of the Inklings, and Warren Lewis liked him best of all..
Dyson, an expert on Shakespeare, was asked during the early 1960s to host some televised lectures and plays about the great writer. His easy, relaxed style won him several new friends. This would result in his having a small part in the 1965 film Darling  wherein he played the role of Professor Walter Southgate, a major literary character of the age who would die in the film.
- Walter Hooper, ed. (2000), C.S. Lewis: Collected Letters Volume 1: Family Letters 1905-1931, Harper Collins, p. 974.
- The Cresset Press, 1940
- In his autobiography of C.S. Lewis (Collins 1990) A.N. Wilson records Dyson as being rather more emphatic (p. 217).
- Derek Bailey (Director) and Judi Dench (Narrator) (1992). A Film Portrait of J. R. R. Tolkien (Television documentary). Visual Corporation.
- "Dyson's time", Darling (short film clip), You tube.
Hugo Dyson appears as a primary character in James Owens' Imaginarium Geographica Series - Book Three "The Indigo King".
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