Jeremy Maule

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Jeremy Frank Maule (11 August 1952, Wuppertal, Germany – 25 November 1998, Cambridge) was a British scholar specialising in the history of the English language especially Thomas Traherne and seventeenth century poetry.[1]

Maule read history at Christ Church Oxford, taking a first, and later worked as a researcher in the House of Lords library. His love of English caused him to return via a part-time degree in medieval studies and a never completed doctorates to teaching posts at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. A don of the old school he was resident in college and embraced the responsibility of teaching by tutorial readily, being far more concerned with inspiring and carefully inspiring those he taught and supervised than publications of his own.

He was the editor of the Oxford Book of Classical Verse in Translation 1995 whilst a proposed private imprint for unpublished and out of print 17th century verse foundered for lack of finance. He had a huge circle of friends across the world, most of them scholars, and usually sported a full beard, which he deployed conversationally.

Maule succumbed to complications arising from HIV infection. His funeral and memorial service were held in the chapel of Trinity College Cambridge where he was for the last decade of his life a Fellow, with many of those he taught and inspired taking part in the ceremonies. Maule is buried in the Parish of the Ascension Burial Ground in Cambridge.


  1. ^ Adrian Poole (1998-12-02). "Obituary: Jeremy Maule - Arts & Entertainment". The Independent. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 

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