Professorships Held by the Inklings

a complete list of their incumbents

Oxford University

Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon
(Rawlinsonian to 1916)
1795-1800    Charles Mayo (1767-1858)
1800-1803Thomas Hardcastle
1803-1808James Ingram (1774-1850)
1808-1812J(ohn) J(osias) Conybeare (1779-1824)
1812-1816Charles Dyson (1788-1860)
1817-1822Thomas Silver (d. 1853)
1822-1827Charles John Ridley
1827-1829Arthur Johnson
1829-1834Francis Pearson Walesby (1798-1858)
1834-1839R(obert) M(eadows) White (1798-1865)
1839-1844Henry Bristow Wilson (1803-1888)
1844-1849W(illiam) E(dward) Buckley (1817-1892)
1849-1854John Earle (1824-1903)
1854-1858vacant
1858-1876Joseph Bosworth (1789-1876)
1876-1903John Earle (1824-1903)
1903-1916Arthur S(ampson) Napier (1853-1916)
1916-1925Sir William A(lexander) Craigie (1867-1957)
1925-1945J(ohn) R(onald) R(euel) Tolkien (1892-1973)
1946-1963C(harles) L(esley) Wrenn (1895-1969)
1963-1974A(listair) Campbell (1907-1974)
1974-1977vacant
1977-1991Eric Gerald Stanley (1923- )
1991-Malcolm (Reginald) Godden (1945- )

Merton Professor of English Language and Literature
1885-1916    Arthur S(ampson) Napier (1853-1916)
1916-1920vacant
1920-1945Henry Cecil (Kennedy) Wyld (1870-1945)
1945-1959J(ohn) R(onald) R(euel) Tolkien (1892-1973)
1959-1980Norman Davis (1913-1989)
1980-1984vacant
1984-Suzanne Romaine (1951- )

Merton Professor of English Literature
1904-1922    Sir Walter (Alexander) Raleigh (1861-1922)
1922-1928George (Stuart) Gordon (1881-1942)
1929-1946D(avid) Nichol Smith (1875-1962)
1947-1957F(rank) P(ercy) Wilson (1889-1963)
1957-1966Nevill (Henry Kendall Aylmer) Coghill (1899-1980)
1966-1975Dame Helen (Louise) Gardner (1908-1986)
1976-2002John Carey (1934- )
2002-David G.E. Norbrook (1950- )

Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature
(Reader before 1948)
1908-1929    D(avid) Nichol Smith (1875-1962)
1930-1935Percy Simpson (1865-1962)
1935-1938Lascelles Abercrombie (1881-1938)
1939-1947H(erbert) F(rancis) B(rett) Brett-Smith (1884-1951)
1948-1970Lord (Edward Christian) David (Gascoyne) Cecil (1902-1986)
1970-1984Richard (David) Ellmann (1918-1987)
1984-1998Emrys (Lloyd) Jones (1931- )
1998-2008Hermione Lee (1948- )
2010-Laura Marcus (1956- )

J.R.R. Tolkien Professor of English Language and Literature
(Merton Professor of English Language to 1979)
1961-1979    E(ric) J(ohn) Dobson (1913-1984)
1980-1997Douglas Gray (1930- )
1998-2003Paul (Holzworth) Strohm (1938- )
2004-Vincent (Anthony) Gillespie (1954- )

Professor of Poetry
(with books of their lectures)
1.    1708-1718    Joseph Trapp (1679-1747)Praelections Poeticae (1711-19), trans. as Lectures on Poetry (1742)
2.1718-1728Thomas Warton (1688?-1745)
3.1728-1738Joseph Spence (1699-1768)
4.1738-1741John Whitfield
5.1741-1751Robert Lowth (1710-1787)De Sacra Poesi Hebraeorum (1753), trans. as Lectures on the Sacred Poetry of the Hebrews (1787)
6.1751-1756William Hawkins (1722-1801)Praelectiones Poeticae in Schola Naturalis Philosophiae (1758)
7.1757-1766Thomas Warton (1728-1790)
8.1766-1776Benjamin Wheeler (1733?-1783)
9.1776-1783John Randolph (1749-1813)Praelectiones Academicae in Homerum (1870)
10.1783-1793Robert Holmes (1748-1805)
11.1793-1801James Hurdis (1763-1801)Lectures showing the Several Sources of that Pleasure which the Human Mind Receives from Poetry (1797)
12.1802-1812Edward Copleston (1776-1849)Praelectiones Academicae Oxonii Habitae (1813)
13.1812-1821J(ohn) J(osias) Conybeare (1779-1824)
14.1821-1831H(enry) H(art) Milman (1791-1868)
15.1831-1841John Keble (1792-1866)Di Poeticae Vi Medica (1844), trans. as Keble's Lectures on Poetry (1912)
16.1842-1852James Garbett (1802-1879)De Rei Poeticae Idea (1843); De Re Critica Praelectiones Oxonii Habitae (1847)
17.1852-1857Thomas Legh Claughton (1808-1892)
18.1857-1867Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)On Translating Homer (1861-62); On the Study of Celtic Literature (1867)
19.1867-1877Sir Francis Hastings (Charles) Doyle, Bt. (1810-1888)Lectures Delivered Before the University of Oxford (1869-77)
20.1877-1885John Campbell Shairp (1819-1885)Aspects of Poetry (1881)
21.1885-1895Francis Turner Palgrave (1824-1897)Landscape in Poetry (1897)
22.1895-1900William John Courthope (1842-1917)Life in Poetry (1901)
23.1901-1906A(ndrew) C(ecil) Bradley (1851-1935)Oxford Lectures on Poetry (1909)
24.1906-1911J(ohn) W(illiam) Mackail (1859-1945)The Springs of Helicon (1909); Lectures on Greek Poetry (1910); Lectures on Poetry (1911)
25.1911-1916Sir (Thomas) Herbert Warren (1853-1930)
1916-1920vacant
26.1920-1923W(illiam) P(aton) Ker (1855-1923)The Art of Poetry (1923); Form and Style in Poetry (1928)
27.1923-1928Heathcote William Garrod (1878-1960)The Profession of Poetry and Other Lectures(1929)
28.1928-1933Ernest de Selincourt (1870-1943)Oxford Lectures on Poetry (1934)
29.1933-1938George (Stuart) Gordon (1881-1942)The Discipline of Letters (1946)
30.1938-1943Adam Fox (1883-1977)
1943-1946vacant
31.1946-1951C(ecil) M(aurice) Bowra (1898-1971)
32.1951-1956C(ecil) Day Lewis (1904-1972)
33.1956-1961W(ystan) H(ugh) Auden (1907-1973)The Dyer's Hand (1962)
34.1961-1966Robert (Ranke) Graves (1895-1985)Oxford Addresses on Poetry (1962); Poetic Craft and Principle (1967); On Poetry (1969)
35.1966-1968Edmund (Charles) Blunden (1896-1974)
36.1968-1973Roy (Broadbent) Fuller (1912-1991)Owls and Artificers (1971); Professors and Gods (1973)
37.1973-1978John (Barrington) Wain (1925-1994)Professing Poetry (1977)
38.1979-1984(Henry) John (Franklin) Jones (1924- )
39.1984-1989Peter (Chad Tiger) Levi (1931-2000)The Art of Poetry (1991)
40.1989-1994Seamus (Justin) Heaney (1939- )The Redress of Poetry (1995)
41.1994-1999James (Martin) Fenton (1949- )The Strength of Poetry (2001)
42.1999-2004Paul (Benedict) Muldoon (1951- )The End of the Poem (2006)
43.2004-2009Christopher (Bruce) Ricks (1933- )
44.2010-Geoffrey (William) Hill (1932- )

Cambridge University

Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English
1954-1963    C(live) S(taples) Lewis (1898-1963)
1964-1978J(ack) A(rthur) W(alter) Bennett (1911-1981)
1978-1988John E(dgar) Stevens (1921-2002)
1988-1998(Gillian Lesley) "Jill" Mann (1943- )
1999-2004(William) James Simpson (1954- )
2004-E. Helen Cooper (1947- )

Leeds University

Professor of English Language
(1946-2000 and Medieval English Literature)
(2000- Professor of Old and Middle English Language and Literature)
1912-1919F(rederic) W(illiam) Moorman (1872-1919)
1919-1926J(ohn) R(onald) R(euel) Tolkien (1892-1973) (Lecturer to 1924)
1926-1931E(ric) V(alentine) Gordon (1896-1938)
1931-1946Bruce Dickins (1889-1978)
1946-1964Harold Orton (1898-1975)
1965-1979Arthur C(lare) Cawley (1913-1993)
1979-1993T(homas) A(lan) Shippey (1943- )
1993(?)-2008Joyce (Margaret) Hill (1947- )


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