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Willey: the papers of Basil Willey

Reference Code: GBR/1058/WIB

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of printed and manuscript versions of some of Willey's publications and a tribute in the Proceedings of the British Academy.


  • 1922 - 1980

Biographical / Historical

Willey was educated at University College School, Hampstead before coming up to Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he had won a scholarship in 1915. He was commissioned into the West Yorkshire Regiment soon after and he eventually graduated in 1921 with a first in History and English. He married ZĂ©lie Murlis Ricks (1900-1988) in 1923. He became a fellow of Pembroke College in 1935. He was appointed King Edward VII Professor of English Literature in 1946. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1947. He served as President of Pembroke from 1958 to 1964. He retired from his position as King Edward VII Professor of English Literature in 1965. He died in 1978.


0.003 cubic metre(s)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Some materials given by M. Hawtree in 2005 (accession number P149).

Related Materials

Many of his publications are available at Pembroke College Library, including his 2 memoirs 'Spots of Time: A Retrospect of the Years 1897-1920' and 'Cambridge and other memories, 1920-1953'.

April 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Pembroke College Library Repository

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