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Papers of Dr R. Gordon Cox, 1932 - 1995

 Fonds — Container: DCPP/COX
Reference Code: GBR/0269/DCPP/COX

Scope and Contents

Includes letters from Q. D. Leavis and F. R. Leavis and correspondence between Cox's widow, Marjorie, and Dr Ian MacKillop in relation to his biography of Leavis.


  • 1932 - 1995

Conditions Governing Access

Sensitive letters from FRL, as removed from the series by Cox's widow and withheld from McKillop, kept separate and remain closed.

Biographical / Historical

R(eginald) Gordon Cox (1914-1981) came up to Downing in 1932 and became one of F. R. Leavis's first pupils, gaining a first in both parts of the English Tripos. He was a Fellow at Downing from 1936-1940 until the outbreak of war, during which he served with the Friends Ambulance Unit in the Middle East and Italy. He became a regular contributor to Scrutiny and the Cambridge Review and was in frequent correspondence with FR Leavis from 1932 to the late 1970s. In 1947 he became Lecturer in English at Manchester University and subsequently became Reader in English Literature until his death in 1981.


1 archive box(es) (1 box)

4 file(s)

Language of Materials



Not yet sorted. A small number of general papers remain to be catalogued.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

D. Cox, Nephew, March 2015. Bequest in the will of Cox's widow, Marjorie Cox.

Related Materials

DCAT/1/2/453; DCAR/1/8/1/6/21

Date information

DateText: Dates approximate. To be confirmed..


Cox, Reginald Gordon (1914-1981) Academic and Cox, Marjorie (d.2014)

Finding aid date

2015-03-20 12:23:55+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Downing College Repository

Downing College Archive
Downing College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 1DQ United Kingdom
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