Peter Davison (professor)

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Peter Hobley Davison (born 1926), OBE, Ph.D., D.Litt., Hon. D. Arts, is research professor of English at De Montfort University, Leicester,[1] and emeritus professor of English at Glyndŵr University. Davison is considered an authority on the life and works of George Orwell. For a number of years until about 2010 he also took charge of the Speaker Programme for the Economic Research Council in London.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, he taught, and gained his Ph.D. at Sydney University. In 1992, he was president of the Bibliographical Society[2] and edited its journal, The Library, for 12 years. He received the Society's Gold Medal in 2003.[3]

In 1998, assisted by his wife, Sheila Davison, and Ian Angus[4] he edited the 20-volume The Complete Works of George Orwell (Secker & Warburg, 1998).[5]

In 2012 Davison announced the launch of The Orwell Society[6] and was made an honorary founding member the following year. In 2013, he edited Orwell's Diaries[7][8] and Orwell: A Life in Letters.[9]


  • George Orwell: A Literary Life (Palgrave Macmillan, 1996)
  • The Complete Works of George Orwell (Secker & Warburg, 1998) ISBN 0 436 20377 4
  • The Lost Orwell (Timewell Press, 2007) ISBN 978-1857252149
  • George Orwell: A Life in Letters (Penguin, 2011)


  1. ^ The Orwell Diaries. Penguin UK At Google Books. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Past presidents" Official website. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Gold Medalists" Official website. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  4. ^ "The Troubled History Behind George Orwell's Complete Works" Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Orwell's every word" Times Higher Education. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  6. ^ Davison, Professor Peter (22 October 2011). "Farewell & Hail to Orwell site". The Orwell Society Newsletter. 1. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Garden of Notes by Author of 'Animal Farm'" The New York Times. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Diaries, by George Orwell" The Guardian. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Welcome from Peter Davison". 20 August 2008.