Presidential Addresses

From 1936 to 1987 the annual lectures given by the Presidents of the English Association were published in the Presidential Address series. Many of these pamphlets are still available for purchase from the English Association. Please check availability of items before ordering by emailing engassoc@le.ac.uk.

  • 1987 - Negative Capability and the Art of the Dramatist by Kenneth Muir
  • 1986 - Fragment Poetry by F.T. Prince
  • 1985 - A Shakespeare Mystery by Bernard Levin
  • 1984 - The Plain Style in English Prose by Sir William Rees-Mogg
  • 1983 - Traditional Stories and Their Meanings by Derek Brewer
  • 1982 - Ruskin and the Language of Description by Rachel Trickett
  • 1981 - Edmund Burke, Master of English by Dr Conor Cruise O'Brien
  • 1980 - Good English by John Sparrow Out of print
  • 1979 - The Fowlers: their Achievements in Lexicography and Grammar by Dr Robert W. Burchfield
  • 1978 - Verse v. Prose by Professor I.A. Richards
  • 1977 - Autobiography by Sir Victor Pritchett
  • 1976 - A Poet and his Publisher by John Murray
  • 1975 - Why English? by Professor George Steiner
  • 1974 - Sweet Uses of Adversity by General Sir John Hackett
  • 1973 - Walter de la Mare by Lord David Cecil
  • 1972 - Literacy by Jo Grimond, M.P.
  • 1971 - Chaucer's Idea of what is Noble by Nevill Coghill
  • 1970 - The Origin of Classics by Sir Basil Blackwell
  • 1969 - McLuhan and the Future of Literature by Rebecca West
  • 1968 - Communication by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
  • 1967 - A Few Not Quite Forgotten Writers? by Edmund Blunden
  • 1966 - The Well of English Defiled by the Rt. Hon. Viscount Chandos Out of print
  • 1965 - A Look at Tradition by Richard Church Out of print
  • 1964 - Gems in Ermine by the Rt. Hon. Lord Denning Out of print
  • 1963 - Edwardian Retrospect by Sir Sydney Roberts
  • 1962 - Provincialism by Sir Kenneth Clark
  • 1961 - Approaches to Drama by Clemence Dane
  • 1960 - Oratory and Literature by the Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. A.M. Ramsey
  • 1959 - The Prophetic Element by Sir Maurice Bowra
  • 1958 - The Nature of Comedy and Shakespeare by E.M.W. Tillyard
  • 1957 - H.W. Fowler: The Man and his Teaching by Sir Ernest Gowers
  • 1956 - Literature and the Historian by C.V.Wedgwood
  • 1955 - The British Philosopher as Writer by the Very Rev. W.R. Matthews
  • 1954 - On Learning to Write by Charles Morgan
  • 1953 - The Magic of Words by Lord Birkett of Ulverston
  • 1952 - A New Elizabethan Age? by A.L. Rowse
  • 1951 - English Literature and its Readers by G.M. Trevelyan
  • 1950 - The English Laugh by Sir Alan Herbert
  • 1949 - Thought and Language by L.S. Amery
  • 1948 - Verse Translation by Sir Herbert Grierson
  • 1947 - The Novels of George Meredith and some notes on the English Novel by Sir Osbert Sitwell
  • 1946 - The Art of Writing History by Arthur Bryant
  • 1945 - Reading in War-Time by the Most Rev. Cyril F. Garbett
  • 1944 - American Scenes, Tudor to Georgian, in the English Literary Mirror by Frederick S. Boas
  • 1943 - The Poetry of Byron by Sir Harold Nicholson Out of print
  • 1942 - The Origin and History of the English Association by Nowell Smith (Chairman's Address)
  • 1941 - On Style by Viscount Samuel
  • 1940 - The Timelessness of Poetry by Sir Edmund Chambers
  • 1939 - The Genius of English Poetry by the Most Rev. William Temple
  • 1938 - Quality by Harley Granville-Barker
  • 1937 - Modernism in Literature by W.R. Inge
  • 1936 - The Early Wordsworth by Ernest de Selincourt

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