Michael Roberts (1902-1948) is usually remembered as an anthologist and as a peripheral member of the Auden group, but this reputation has served to obscure his distinctive and innovative work as a poet and critic. His distinctiveness may be attributed in part to his unusual career path. Born on 6 December 1902 in Bournemouth, he was brought up there and in the New Forest, where his parents had a farm. In 1920 he entered King's College London on a scholarship to read chemistry, and then in 1922 he entered Trinity College Cambridge on an Exhibition to read mathematics. It was at Cambridge that he adopted the forename Michael – he had been christened William Edward Roberts – taking it from his hero, the Russian poet and scientist …
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Whitworth, Michael. "Michael Roberts". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 July 2001
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