Alfred Leslie Rowse

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A twentieth century academic at the University of Oxford best known for his work on Elizabeth I and Shakespeare, Arthur Leslie Rowse was born at Tregonissey, near St. Austell, Cornwall, on the south coast of England on 4 December 1903. The son of an illiterate china-clay worker, Richard Rowse, and a hard-working shopkeeper, Annie Vaston Rowse, Rowse was the youngest of three children, which included his sister, Hilda, and his brother, George. Although called “Leslie” by family and close friends, he always identified himself professionally as “A.L. Rowse”.

Opinionated, outspoken, and often viewed as a “curmudgeon”, Rowse was a much-loved but often difficult personality, who nonetheless …
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Ockerstrom, Lolly. "Alfred Leslie Rowse". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 May 2012
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Articles on Rowse's works

  1. A Cornish Childhood