Geoffrey Brereton studied French and Spanish at Oxford University and took a doctorate thesis in Paris on José de Espronceda. He taught and practised journalism, then at the outbreak of the Second World War joined the BBC French Service in Algiers, as writer and eventually director.
His first scholarly publication, Jean Racine: A Critical Biography, has been described as the best full study of Racine's life and works in English. He also wrote a Short History of French Literature (1954), an Introduction to the French Poets (1956), and edited the Penguin Book of French Verse, vol. 2 (1958).
Initially funded by a Leverhulme Fellowship, the last part of his research was spent studying the French classical theatre and saw the publication of Principles of Tragedy (1968), French Tragic Drama (1973) and French Comic Drama (1977).
All of his work as author, editor, translator and reviewer was done as a freelance, and rarely saw direct academic recognition.
- Translated Penguin Book - at Penguin First Editions reference site of early first edition Penguin Books.
- R. C. K (1979). "Geoffrey Brereton 1906-1979". French Studies. XXXIII (4): 502.
- http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1179/c17.1918.104.22.168?needAccess=true none (1980) Dr Geoffrey Brereton (1906–1979), Seventeenth-Century French
Studies Newsletter, 2:1, 4-4, DOI: 10.1179/c17.1922.214.171.124
- JOURNAL ARTICLE
Review: Quelques précisions sur les sources d'Espronceda by Geoffrey Brereton
Reviewed Work: Quelques précisions sur les sources d'Espronceda by Geoffrey Brereton Review by: George T. Northup Hispanic Review Vol. 2, No. 3 (Jul., 1934), pp. 257–259 Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press DOI: 10.2307/469830 Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/469830
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