English Literary Lectures, Reading and Essays
The study of English literature at Cambridge had been advocated as early as 1867 by no less a figure than Henry Sidgwick, who suggested it might replace compulsory Greek. A chair of Anglo-Saxon had been created in 1878. But English was not established as a tripos subject until after the First World War. For those interested in the literature of their own country there were in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century at Cambridge a lecture series in the subject, various reading-societies devoted to English works, and prizes awarded by colleges and the University for English essays of one kind or another.
KeywordsEnglish Literature Literary History Literary Society English Poetry Student Essay
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