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Maurice Roy Ridley (25 January 1890, in Orcheston St Mary – 12 June 1969) was a writer and poet, Fellow and Chaplain of Balliol College, Oxford. He was also a visiting professor at Bowdoin under the auspices of the Tallman Foundation, and shortly thereafter.



Ridley was educated at Clifton College and Balliol College, Oxford.[1] From 1920 to 1945 he was a Fellow and Tutor of Balliol. Ridley spent 1930-1 as a visiting professor at Bowdoin College under the auspices of the Tallman Foundation. He was a Lecturer at Bedford College, University of London, from 1948.[1] He earned a Doctorate of Humane Letters therein.

In popular cultureEdit

Dorothy L. Sayers based the physical description of her fictional character Lord Peter Wimsey (the archetypal British gentleman detective and aristocratic super sleuth extraordinaire) on that of Ridley after seeing him read his Newdigate Prize-winning poem "Oxford" at the Encaenia ceremony in July 1913.



  • Keats' Craftsmanship: A Study in Poetic Development. Oxford: Clarendon. 1933.
  • Studies in Three Literatures. English, Latin, Greek. Contrasts and Comparisons. London: Dent. 1962. ISBN 0313201897.
  • Shakespeare's Plays: A Commentary.
  • Abraham Lincoln.
  • On Reading Shakespeare.


  1. ^ a b Pine, L. G. (ed.), The Author's and Writer's Who's Who, 4th edn, 1960, p. 330