Ernest de Sélincourt

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Ernest de Sélincourt by Frederic Yates

Ernest de Sélincourt (1870–1943) was a British literary scholar and critic.[1] He is best known as an editor of William Wordsworth and Dorothy Wordsworth. He was Oxford Professor of Poetry from 1928 to 1933 and a Fellow of University College, Oxford. After a distinguished career at Oxford, he became Professor of English at Birmingham.[1] Early in his career he taught in the Ladies' Department of King's College London, where his students included Virginia Woolf (then Virginia Stephen). [2]

His papers are held at the University of Birmingham Special Collections.

A little known fact about Ernest de Sélincourt is that he went to France in March 1917 as a Professor with the YMCA and this service is duly recorded in the First World War medal rolls.



  1. ^ a b Gill, Stephen (2004). Wordsworth's 'Guide to the Lakes' with a new preface by Stephen Gill. Frances Lincoln. pp. vi–viii. ISBN 0-7112-2365-3. 
  2. ^ 'Tilting at Universities': Woolf at King's College London, Christine Kenyon Jones and Anna Snaith, Woolf Studies Annual (Vol 16, 2010), p.14.

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