RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 75
Datec 1920-1975
Extent33 boxes
TitleKnight family papers
DescriptionThe collection includes Jackson Knight's own papers, including his notes, manuscripts and typescripts for his books, personal documents such as birth certificate etc, some poems, employment documents, correspondence relating to his setting up of the journal 'Erasmus', offprints of his works, obituaries, and many sequences of correspondence, some of which were returned to Wilson Knight after Jackson's death to assist Wilson in writing Jackson's biography. There are several interesting collections of letters including a group by artist and writer David Jones. Also Cecil Day Lewis, J.B. Priestley, Oliver St. John Gogarty, Prof. Gilbert Murray, Sir Arthur Evans, Sir Maurice Bowra, Prof. George Duckworth, Prod. H.J. Rose, Principal John Murray, J. L. Myers, John Dewar Denniston, Robert Seymour Conway. Also E.V.Rieu. There is also a copy of the biography included in the collection.
Admin HistoryWilliam Francis Jackson Knight (1895-1964), classical scholar, the elder son of George Knight and Caroline Louisa Jackson, was educated at Dulwich College and Hertford College, Oxford, to which he won an open scholarship in Classics. He served as a despatch rider during the First World War. After a number of teaching jobs, including ten years at All Saints' School, Bloxham, he became a temporary lecturer in Classics at the University of St Andrew's. The following year he accepted an Assistant Lectureship at Exeter, which he turned to a Lectureship the next year and a Readership in 1942. He remained at Exeter, a committed educationalist who inspired hundreds of students, until and after he retired. His publications included several works on Virgil, including 'Vergil's Troy' (1932), 'Cummaean Gates' (1936), 'Accentual Symmetry in Vergil' (1939), 'Roman Vergil' (1943), 'Vergil and Homer' (1950), and 'Virgil's Aeneid, a translation' (Penguin Classics, 1956). In addition, he played a key role in extra-mural activities, encouraging young poets and establishing and commanding the University's Officer Training Corps. He established the international review 'Erasmus'. His biography, by his brother George Wilson Knight, was published in 1975.

George Richard Wilson Knight (1897-1984), Professor of English Literature, was the youngest son of George Knight and Caroline Louisa Jackson, and the younger brother of Jackson Knight. Like his brother, he was educated at Dulwich College and also served as a despatch rider during the Great War. After graduating from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, he became a teacher of English. Shorts spells at Hawtreys (1923-1925), Dean Close School (1925-1931), University of Toronto (1931-1940), and Stowe (1941-1946) were followed by his appointment as Reader in English Literature at Leeds University in 1946. From 1956 he was Professor of English Literature at Leeds, retiring in 1962. His publications, beginning with 'Myth and Miracle' (1929) and the 'Wheel of Fire' (1930) number more than thirty. He produced and acted in a number of theatrical performances, especially Shakespearian, on both sides of the Atlantic. He received an Honorary DLitt from Exeter in 1968. His biography of his brother, based in part on the family's papers represented in this collection, was published in 1975. He retired to Exeter, living in his brother's house just off the university campus, until his death in 1984.
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialExeter University Library holds the following collections relating to William Jackson Knight and to his brother George Wilson Knight: EUL MS 54, 75, 80, 84, 87, 89, 93, 94, 185, 191, 193 and 194. Other papers relating to Jackson Knight are also held by the following repositories: Leeds University, Bodleian Library and University College London. Papers relating to Wilson Knight are held at the University of Leeds Library (Special Collections).
Access ConditionsUsual EUL arrangements apply.
ArrangementThe collection is still largely as sorted by Wilson Knight for the purposes of writing Jackson Knight's biography, with family correspondence separately sorted.
Creator_NameKnight family
Knight; George Richard Wilson (1897-1984); writer
Knight; William Francis Jackson (1895-1964); writer
Mgt_GroupUniversity of Exeter papers
DS/UK/61Knight; William Francis Jackson (1895-1964); classical scholar1895-1964
    Powered by CalmView© 2008-2024