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Thorne, William Roy Prangley, 1882-1947 (schoolmaster)



  • Existence: 1882 - 1947


William Roy Prangley Thorne was born in Liverpool on 12 January 1882 and educated at St Edmund's School in Canterbury and at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he was a classical scholar; he matriculated on 21 October 1901 and graduated Bachelor of Arts on 21 June 1904, with a third class degree in Classics. His working life was spent as a schoolmaster in various preparatory schools, where he produced numerous theatrical performances. During the Second World War he served with the Local Defence Volunteers ('Home Guard') and acted as a fire warden. It was while on fire warden duty that he made the translations in this collection. Thorne died, unmarried, on 23 February 1947.

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Roy Thorne: Opera translations

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9997
Scope and Contents Translations into Latin of the lyrics of Gilbert and Sullivan operas, and of the whole text of the cantata 'Trial by Jury'. The translations have parallel texts in English. Typescript with manuscript annotations, mostly on the reverse of the letterhead of James Mahon & Company, stock and share brokers, Glasgow. Each work has a cover title sheet noting that the translation is into 'Latin elegiac verse (with some hexameters)'. With a later note on Roy Thorne and the composition of the...
Dates: 1940-2012 (start date approximate)
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