Collection RC0795 - Vivian de Sola Pinto collection

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Vivian de Sola Pinto collection

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  • 1919-1957 (Creation)

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18 items

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Vivian de Sola Pinto was born in 1895 and educated at Oxford in classics and English, though his studies interrupted by World War I. After spending some time at the Sorbonne, he was appointed chair of English at Southampton. In 1938 he took up the chair of English at Nottingham University in its first year of incorporation where he remained until his retirement in 1961. Pinto was also an author, critic, and poet – a champion of the unorthodox and non-conformist strain in English literature. He published works on Sir Charles Sedley, Peter Sterry, and Rochester. He edited a collection of poems by D.H. Lawrence and played a leading part in the bicentenary celebration of William Blake. He also published an autobiography, The City Than Shone. Pinto died on 27 July 1969.

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The collection consists of the following:
7 letters and cards from Ottoline Morrell, 1919-1936, mostly undated
10 letters and cards from E.M. Forster, 1944-1957
1 photograph taken at Garsington of a group of six people: includes E.M. Forster, G. Lowes Dickinson and Frank Prewett.

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Collection (19-2005) was acquired from Paul Evans Rare Books, England, in July 2005.


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