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Leavis, Frank Raymond (F R) (1895-1978)

Literary critic, born in Cambridge. He studied at Cambridge, returning after service in World War 1 to become a lecturer in English at Emmanuel College (1925), and later a fellow of Downing College (1936--52). He edited the journal Scrutiny (1932--53), and wrote several major critical works, notably New Bearings in English Poetry (1932), The Great Tradition (1948), and The Common Pursuit (1952). Throughout his work, much of it shared with his wife Queenie Dorothy Leavis (1906--91), he stresses the moral value of literary study, and his re-assessments of such major figures as Joseph Conrad and D H Lawrence were to prove extremely influential.

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