John Churton Collins

Literary critic, Author

1848 – 1908

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Who was John Churton Collins?

John Churton Collins, English literary critic, was born at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire.

From King Edward's School, Birmingham, he went to Balliol College, Oxford, where he graduated in 1872, and at once devoted himself to a literary career, as journalist, essayist and lecturer. His first book was a study of Sir Joshua Reynolds, and later he edited various classical English writers, and published volumes on Bolingbroke and Voltaire in England, a Study of English Literature, a study of Dean Swift, Essays and Studies, Ephemera Critica, Essays in Poetry and Criticism, and Rousseau and Voltaire, his original essays being sharply controversial in tone, but full of knowledge.

In 1904 he became professor of English literature at Birmingham University. For many years he was a prominent University Extension lecturer, and a constant contributor to the principal reviews. On 25 September 1908 he was found dead in a ditch near Lowestoft, at which place he had been staying with a doctor for the benefit of his health. The circumstances necessitated the holding of an inquest, the verdict being that of accidental death.

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Born
Mar 26, 1848
Bourton-on-the-Water
Nationality
  • England
Profession
Education
  • Balliol College
Died
Sep 25, 1908

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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