Walter Raleigh (professor)

Walter Raleigh (professor)

Professor Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh (September 5, 1861 – May 13, 1922) was a Scottish scholar, poet and author.

He was born in London, the fifth child and only son of a local Congregationalist minister. Raleigh was educated at the City of London School, Edinburgh Academy, University College London, and King's College, Cambridge.

He was Professor of English Literature at the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College in Aligarh (1885-87), Professor of Modern Literature at the University College Liverpool (1890-1900), Regius Professor of English Language and Literature at Glasgow University (1900-1904), and Chair of English Literature at Oxford University and Fellow of Merton College, Oxford (1904-22) [‘RALEIGH, Sir Walter’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2007; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 [, accessed 1 April 2008] ] . Raleigh was knighted in 1911.

On the outbreak of World War I he turned to the war as his primary subject. In 1915 he delivered the Vanuxem lectures at Princeton on "The Origins of Romance" and "The Beginnings of the Romantic Revival," and lectured on Chaucer at Brown, which gave him the degree of Litt.D.New International Encyclopedia] His finest book may be the first volume of "The War in the Air" (1922).

He died from typhoid (contracted during a visit to the Near East) in 1922, being survived by his wife Lucie Gertrude, and their four sons and a daughter. His son Hilary edited his light prose, verse, and plays in "Laughter from a Cloud" (1923).

A few of his works are available on Project Gutenberg, where they may be mistakenly attributed to Sir Walter Raleigh.

Raleigh Park at North Hinksey near Oxford, near Harcourt Hill where he lived from 1909 to his death, is named after him.

List of works

* "The English Novel" (1894)
* "Robert Louis Stevenson: An Essay" (1895)
* "Style" (1897)
* "Milton" (1900)
* "Wordsworth" (1903)
* "The English Voyagers" (1904)
* "Shakespeare" (1907)
* "Six Essays on Johnson" (1910)


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