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Papers of Professor George Saintsbury

Identifier: Coll-79

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Professor George Saintsbury include articles, introductions, addresses, lectures, obituaries, reviews, letters and postcards, and notes. The collection consists of holographs, typescripts, galley proofs, page proofs, and corrections. There is an autograph manuscript ofA last scrap book, and others of miscellaneous articles.


  • circa 1886-1930


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Biographical / Historical

The literary critic and historian George Edward Bateman Saintsbury was born in Southampton on 23 October 1845. He was educated at King's College School, London, and at Merton College, Oxford. Saintsbury was a schoolmaster at Manchester Grammar School and at Elizabeth College, Guernsey, before becoming headmaster of Elgin Educational Institute in 1874. From 1876 until 1895 he was a journalist in London, during which time, 1883-1894, he was the Assistant Editor of the Saturday Review. In 1895 he became Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at Edinburgh University. He held the Chair until 1915. His published works include Short history of French literature (1882), Essays in English literature(1890), Short history of English literature (1898), the three volume History of English prosody from the twelfth century to the present day (1906-1910), the two volume History of the French novel (1917-1919), and A last scrap book (1924). Professor George Saintsbury died in Bath on 28 January 1933.


3 boxes

Physical Location

Gen. 1888-1889

Other Finding Aids

An important finding aid is the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives. Additions to the typed slips in sheaf binders were made until 1987.

Related Materials

The Index to Manuscripts shows, at other shelfmarks, references to autograph corrections to particular works by Saintsbury, holographs, letters, and registers of students. There is a chronological record of works by Saintsbury, and his birth certificate, at Gen. 784/8.
Special Collections also holds a collection of Letters from Professor George Saintsbury to Rev. William Hunt (Coll-2020).
Papers of Professor George Saintsbury (1845-1933)
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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