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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
SHARROCK, Professor Roger Ian (1919-1990)
Created [1940-1989]
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)

Sharrock, Roger Ian, 1919-1990, Professor of English

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 23 August 1919 at Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire; educated at Queen Elizabeth's School, Wakefield, and St John's College Oxford, where he received a First Class Honours in the School of English Language and Literature, 1943; B Litt, 1947; Served with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1939-1941; National Buildings Record, 1942-1944; Assistant Master, Rugby School, 1944-1946; Lecturer, University of Southampton, 1946, and Reader, 1962; Professor of English, University of Durham, 1963; Editor of the Durham University Journal, 1964-1968; Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of London, King's College, 1968-1981, and later Emeritus Professor; Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia, 1972; Warton Lecturer of the British Academy, 1972; Chairman of the English Association, 1972-1979; General Editor, Oxford Bunyan; died 27 December 1990.

Publications: Songs and Comments (Fortune Press, London, 1945); John Bunyan (Hutchinson's University Library, London, 1954), revised and corrected, 1968; editor of Selected poems of William Wordsworth (William Heinemann, 1958); editor of Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1962); editor of Selected poems of John Dryden (Heinemann, 1963); editor of Keats: selected poems and letters (Oxford University Press, London, 1964); editor of The Pilgrim's Progress (Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1965); John Bunyan: the pilgrim's progress (Edward Arnold, London, 1966); editor of The Pelican book of English prose (Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, Middlesex, 1970); The figure in a landscape: Wordsworth's early poetry (Oxford University Press, London, 1973); editor of Bunyan, 'The pilgrim's progress' a casebook (1976); editor of English short stories of today (1976); general editor of The miscellaneous works of John Bunyan (1976); Life and story in 'The pilgrim's progress' (1978); editor of The Holy War, made by Shaddai upon Biabolus, for the regaining of the metropolis of the world, or the losing and taking again of the town of Mansoul: John Bunyan with James F Forrest (1980); Saints, sinners and comedians: the novels of Graham Greene (1984); editor of The life and death of Mr Badman, presented to the world in a familiar dialogue between Mr Wiseman and Mr Attentive: John Bunyan with James F Forrest (1988).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Acquired in 1996 from Colin Huggett.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Correspondence, [1940-1989], about his texts, mainly in regard to the work of William Wordsworth and John Bunyan, including one photocopy of a letter from Professor Clive Staples Lewis about Bunyan, 1963; proofs, offprints and typescript texts, reflecting Sharrock's own literary work (including poems), and literary criticism including Spiritual autobiography in the pilgrim's progress , Keats and the young lovers , preface for Classic English short stories 1989; copy of a booklet by Sharrock The chemist and the poet: Sir Humphry Davy and the preface to lyrical ballads (Reprinted from Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, vol 17, no 1, May 1962).

System of arrangement

1 file

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College, London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Collection level description.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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Date(s) of descriptions

Feb 2000

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  • English literature
  • European literature
  • Literary analysis
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • National literatures
  • Poetry

Personal names

  • Bunyan, John, 1628-1688, Writer
  • Davy, Sir, Humphry, 1778-1829, 1st Baronet, Chemist and Natural philosopher
  • Lewis, Clive Staples, 1898-1963, Writer
  • Sharrock, Roger Ian, 1919-1990, Professor of English
  • Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850, Poet

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives

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