Q. D. Leavis

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  • Chris Joyce (University of Cambridge)

Queenie Dorothy Leavis was born at Edmonton, North London, on 7th December 1906 to Morris and Jane Roth. She was educated at Latymer School and Girton College, Cambridge, going up in 1925 to read English. Among her supervisors was F. R. Leavis, recently appointed a part-time lecturer at Emmanuel and, in 1927, to a probationary faculty lectureship. They were married in 1929. (She was disowned by her family for marrying outside the Jewish faith.) In the same year she won a research fellowship which enabled her to work for her PhD, under the supervision of I. A. Richards. Her thesis was published in 1932 as Fiction and the Reading Public and has been continuously in print since that time. Its chapters on …

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Joyce, Chris. "Q. D. Leavis". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 September 2007
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