Roy Ridley

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Maurice Roy Ridley (25 January 1890, Orcheston St Mary −12 June 1969) was a writer and poet, Fellow and Chaplain of Balliol College, Oxford.


Ridley was educated at Clifton College and Balliol College, Oxford.[1] From 1920 to 1945 he was a Fellow and Tutor of Balliol. Ridley spent 1930-1 as a visiting professor at Bowdoin College under the auspices of the Tallman Foundation. He was a Lecturer at Bedford College from 1948.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

Dorothy L. Sayers based the physical description of her fictional character Lord Peter Wimsey on that of Ridley after seeing him read his Newdigate Prize-winning poem "Oxford" at the Encaenia ceremony in July 1913.


  • Keats' Craftsmanship: A Study in Poetic Development. Oxford: Clarendon. 1933. 
  • Studies in Three Literatures. English, Latin, Greek. Contrasts and Comparisons. London: Dent. 1962. ISBN 0313201897. 
  • Shakespeare's Plays: A Commentary. 
  • Abraham Lincoln. 
  • On Reading Shakespeare. 


  1. ^ a b Pine, L. G., ed., The Author's and Writer's Who's Who, 4th ed., 1960, p.330