Bonamy Dobrée by Howard Coster, 1939.
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Bonamy Dobrée


Bonamy Dobrée (1891–1974), scholar and critic, was Professor of English Literature at Leeds University, 1936–55. After service in the army during WW1 (he was twice mentioned in despatches and attained the rank of major), he read English at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and taught in London and as a professor of English at the Egyptian University, Cairo, 1925–9. Works include Restoration Comedy (1924), Essays in Biography (1925), Restoration Tragedy, 1660–1720 (1929), Alexander Pope (1951). See also Jason Harding, The ‘Criterion’: Cultural Politics and Periodical Networks in Inter-War Britain (2002).