John Haffenden

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John Haffenden FRSL FBA (born 19 August 1945) is emeritus professor of English literature at the University of Sheffield.[1]

Education and positions held[edit]

A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin (B.A., 1st class, in English language and literature: Richard F. Littledale Prize), where he edited Icarus, he was supervised for his doctorate at St Peter's College, Oxford by Richard Ellmann. He was for two years a lecturer in English and Liberal Studies, Oxford College of Further Education, before teaching at the University of Exeter, 1973–74.

A member of staff at the University of Sheffield since 1975, he was made reader in 1988 and promoted to a personal chair in 1994. He was visiting lecturer, Peking University, Beijing, China, 1984; guest lecturer at the 50th Anniversary Conference of "Xinan Lienda" (National Southwest Associated University), Kunming, China, 1988.

He was a British Academy research reader, 1989–91; Leverhulme Research Fellow, 1995–96.

He has been a Fellow of the Yaddo Foundation, 1975; visiting fellow commoner, Trinity College, Cambridge, 1995–96; visiting scholar, St John's College, Oxford, 1997; visiting fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford 1998.

He is a member of the Society of Authors; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature; Fellow of the English Association; Fellow of the British Academy; Hon Member of the T.S.Eliot Society of America; Hon Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Since 2009 he is senior research fellow of the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London; principal investigator of the T.S.Eliot Editorial Research Project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2009–14; general editor of the Letters of T.S.Eliot.


General Editor:

  • Letters of T.S. Eliot: Vol 1: 1898–1922 Revised edition. (Faber, 2009)
  • Letters of T.S. Eliot: Vol 2: 1923–1925 (Faber, 2009)

Editor (with Valerie Eliot):

  • Letters of T.S. Eliot: Vol 3: 1926–1927 (Faber, 2012)
  • Letters of T.S. Eliot: Vol 4: 1929–1929 (Faber, 2013)
  • Letters of T.S. Eliot: Vol 5: 1930–1931 (Faber, 2014)
  • Letters of T.S. Eliot: Vol 6: 1932-1933 (Faber, 2016)
  • Letters of T.S. Eliot: Vol 7: 1934-1935 (Faber, 2017)


  1. ^ Murdoch, Iris (2003). From a Tiny Corner in the House of Fiction: Conversations with Iris Murdoch. Univ of South Carolina Press. p. 124. ISBN 9781570034992. Retrieved 19 June 2015.