English Men of Letters

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English Men of Letters was a series of literary biographies written by leading literary figures of the day and published by Macmillan, under the general editorship of John Morley. The original series was launched in 1878, with Leslie Stephen's biography of Samuel Johnson, and ran until 1892. A second series, again under the general editorship of Morley, was published between 1902 and 1919. David Amigoni has argued that nineteenth-century projects such as the 63-volume Dictionary of National Biography (1885-1900) and English Men of Letters revealed a ‘powerful tradition of biographical pedagogic initiatives’ which was also rhetorical and ideological in character (2014: 21).

First Series[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Fenwick, Gillian (1995), "Nourishing the curiosity: Leslie Stephen and the English Men of Letters series", Nineteenth-Century Prose
  • Kijinski, John L. (Winter 1991), "John Morley's "English Men of Letters" series and the politics of reading", Victorian Studies, 34: 205–225
  • Kijinski, John L. (1994), "Macmillan's English Men of Letters, First Series", in Serafin, Steven, Nineteenth Century British Literary Biographers, Dictionary of Literary Biography, 144, Detroit: Gale Research Inc.
  • Amigoni, David. Victorian Biography: Intellectuals and the Ordering of Discourse. London: Routledge, 2014.