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R. W. Chambers

(1874—1942) literary scholar


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(1874–1942),

was Quain professor at University College London (1922–41). The range of his scholarly interests extended from Old English to the Renaissance; his most celebrated works are Widsith (1912); Beowulf: an Introduction to the Study of the Poem (1921); On the Continuity of English Prose from Alfred to More (1932); Thomas More (1935); and Man's Unconquerable Mind (1939), a collection of essays of which the most striking are on Langland, More, and the philologists of UCL. He became president of the Philological Society in 1933.


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