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Leavis, Frank Raymond, 1895 - 1978 (Literary Critic)



  • Existence: 1895 - 1978

Dates and places

Born Cambridge 1895. Died 1978)

Sphere of activity

Academic and critic. One of most influential critics of the 20th Century. Fellow at Downing College and Director of English Studies 1936-62. Honorary Fellow 1962-4.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:


F R Leavis Collection, 1934 - 2016

Reference Code: GBR/0269/DCPP/LEA
Scope and Contents

Letters from F R Leavis to L. C. Knights, David Holbrook, Frank Bradbrook, C B Winder, R O C Winkler, A I Doyle, John Tasker, Geoffrey Walton, Canon Frank Telfer, Ronald Hayman, Robert Tudor Jones, Peter Coveney, Michael Yudkin and others (mainly Downing alumni). Also includes reading list suggestions, newspaper articles and photos, memoirs by former students and correspondence concerning donation.

Dates: 1934 - 2016
Conditions Governing Access: Most letters are open to researchers, but some closure periods apply.

Harold A. Mason papers, 1935 - 1993

Reference Code: GBR/0269/DCPP/MAS
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of an extensive series of letters from F. R. Leavis, 1935-63, before and after his time working with Mason at Downing College; letters from Q. D. Leavis to Mason, 1943-7; lecture notes from Mason's period at Exeter University and as F. R. Leavis Lecturer at the English Faculty in Cambridge, 1965-78; and other academic papers such as drafts for articles etc. Annotations on lecture notes and draft essays are thought to be Mason's own.

Dates: 1935 - 1993
Conditions Governing Access: Sensitive letters removed to closed file.

Letters and postcards from F R Leavis to Dr R Gordon Cox, 1932-03-30 - 1972-11

Reference Code: GBR/0269/DCPP/COX/1
Scope and Contents Letters mainly cover the earlier period, up to the mid-1950s, when Cox was a regular contributor ('virtually an editor', Sept. 1951) to Scrutiny and acting as a fellow-examiner with Leavis for the Downing scholarship examination. Letters continued throughout the war, when Cox worked for the Friends' Ambulance Unit in the Middle East and Italy (see no. 137-8). With annotated lists at rear, presumed to be by Marjorie Cox, summarising subject matter and estimating dates of undated letters. (One...
Dates: 1932-03-30 - 1972-11
Conditions Governing Access: Sensitive letters removed by Marjorie Cox remain closed. See DCPP/COX/3 for correspondence between Marjorie Cox and Ian McKillop.

Literary Society (later the Doughty Society), 1920-[1928]

Reference Code: GBR/0269/DCCS/4/4
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Management Group:

Records of Classical Society, Cranworth Society, Debating Society, Doughty / Literary Society, Maitland Historical Society, Medical Society, Scientific and Danby Societies.

Dates: 1920-[1928]
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Some records series (such as minutes) are subject to closure periods for GDPR and confidentiality reasons.