Ernest de Sélincourt

Ernest de Sélincourt by Frederic Yates

Ernest de Sélincourt (1870–1943) was a British literary scholar and critic.[1] He is best known as an editor of William Wordsworth and Dorothy Wordsworth. He was an Oxford Professor of Poetry from 1928 to 1933 and a Fellow of University College, Oxford. After a distinguished career at Oxford, he became a Professor of English at Birmingham.[1] Early in his career he taught in the Ladies' Department of King's College London, where his students included Virginia Woolf (then Virginia Stephen). [2]

His papers are held at the University of Birmingham Special Collections.

De Sélincourt went to France in March 1917 as a professor with the YMCA and this service is duly recorded in the First World War medal rolls. He married Ethel Shawcross in 1896 in the Battle, Sussex, registration District. At the time of the 1911 census they had four children. She died in Oxford in 1931.



  1. ^ a b Gill, Stephen (2004). Wordsworth's 'Guide to the Lakes' with a new preface by Stephen Gill. Frances Lincoln. pp. vi–viii. ISBN 0-7112-2365-3.
  2. ^ 'Tilting at Universities': Woolf at King's College London, Christine Kenyon Jones and Anna Snaith, Woolf Studies Annual (Vol 16, 2010), p.14.

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