Marilyn Speers Butler, Lady Butler, FRSA, FRSL, FBA (née Evans, 11 February 1937 – 11 March 2014) was a British literary critic. She was King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge from 1986 to 1993, and Rector of Exeter College, Oxford, from 1993 to 2004.
Her published works include Romantics, Rebels and Reactionaries and Jane Austen and the War of Ideas. Much of her work was devoted to the career of the Anglo-Irish Romantic novelist Maria Edgeworth, including a classic literary biography and an important edition of her collected works for Pickering & Chatto.
She was married to David Butler; the couple had three sons.
Butler died on 11 March 2014 at the age of 77.
- Maria Edgeworth: A Literary Biography (1972)
- Jane Austen and the War of Ideas (1975)
- Romantics, Rebels, and Reactionaries: English Literature and Its Background, 1760-1830 (1982)
- John Mullan. "Marilyn Butler obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
- British Academy: The British Academy Book Prize - Judging Panel
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