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Helen Gardner (2) [1908–1986]

This page covers the author of The New Oxford Book of English Verse, 1250-1950 (Oxford Books of Verse).

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Helen Gardner (2) has been aliased into Helen Louise Gardner.

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Helen Gardner was born at Finchley in London, the daughter of a journalist. She studied English language and literature at Oxford University and remained unmarried. She became a specialist in late 16th and early 17th century poets, and was appointed as University Reader in Renaissance English Literature and then Merton Professor of English Literature at Oxford University. Professor
Gardner lectured around the world including in the USA and the Middle East. Known for her dominating manner and disinterest in feminism, Helen Gardner was the author of such works as The Metaphysical Poets (1957), The Business of Criticism (1959) and In Defence of Imagination (1982). She wrote a tribute to T.S. Eliot, whose work she much admired, entitled The Art of T.S. Eliot (1949). Prof. Gardner was created DBE (Dame Commander of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1967 in recognition of her contributions to literature.

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