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Creator NameJenkins, Harold (1909-2000)
DescriptionThe collection contains the papers of Harold Jenkins,1909-2000, comprising of papers relating to his work as a literary scholar and university teacher, specialising in Shakespeare. It also contains some personal papers relating to his career, and his wife Gladys Jenkins.

It comprises Hamlet Lecture Notes, 1965-1989; Other Shakespeare Lecture Notes, 1941-1988; Other Subject Lecture Notes, c.1945-1986; Hamlet Research Notes, Mid-Late 20th Century; Other Shakespeare Research Notes, c.1948-1990s; Benlowes Research Notes, c.1936-1963; Other Subject Research Notes, Mid-Late 20th Century; Papers relating to the Arden Hamlet, c.1970s-1986; Other Publications, 1948-1992; Career Papers, c.1930-1994; and papers relating to Gladys Jenkins, 1940-1950s.
Admin HistoryJenkins, Harold (1909-2000), literary scholar, was born on 19 July 1909 in Shenley, Buckinghamshire, the eldest son of Henry Jenkins (1878-1932), a dairyman, and his wife, Mildred, née Carter, who were cousins. Harold had an elder and a younger sister, and two younger brothers.
Educated at a local school from the age of three, he won a free place in 1920 at what became Wolverton grammar school. Scholarships enabled him to proceed in 1927 to University College, London, where he read English language and literature. He graduated in 1930 with first-class honours, winning both the George Morley medal in English literature and the prestigious George Smith studentship (1930-31). The subsequent award of the Quain studentship enabled him to continue his studies for another five years, during which he also taught.
His MA thesis (1933) on the Elizabethan dramatist Henry Chettle, supervised by W. W. Greg, was published in revised form as The Life and Work of Henry Chettle in the following year. After a year as William Noble fellow in the University of Liverpool he took up a lecturership in English in 1936 at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where he stayed until 1945. His Witwatersrand DLitt thesis (1945) appeared in revised form as Edward Benlowes (1602-76): Biography of a Minor Poet (1952). During his time in South Africa, he produced book reviews in the form of radio broadcasts, 1940-1941 and 1944-1945.
In 1939 he married Gladys Puddifoot (1908-1984), whom he had met as a student. She became a respected historian and was an ideal partner, sharing his scholarly interests until her death in a road accident in 1984.

Returning to London as lecturer at University College in 1945, Jenkins was promoted to Reader in the following year, and in 1954 took up the chair of English at Westfield College. During the 1950s he wrote essays on Twelfth Night and As You Like It, and a classic study, The Structural Problem in Henry IV (1956), delivered as his inaugural lecture at Westfield College.
In 1954 Jenkins was assigned to edit Hamlet for the New Arden Shakespeare, and in 1958 he became joint general editor with Dr Harold Brooks.

In 1967 Jenkins was appointed Regius Professor of rhetoric and English literature in the University of Edinburgh. He retired early and returned to London in 1971 to work on his edition of Hamlet, which was published in1982. His studies of the play produced at least eight articles or major lectures, two of the most notable being his British Academy lecture in 1963 entitled Hamlet and Ophelia, and his 1967 inaugural lecture at Edinburgh, The Catastrophe in Shakespearean Tragedy.
In later life Jenkins received several prizes and honours including the fellowship of the British Academy in 1989 and the 1986 Shakespeare Prize from the FVS Foundation of Hamburg. A volume in his honour, Fanned and Winnowed Opinions, including essays by friends along with a memoir and a list of publications, appeared in 1987. For over forty years Jenkins served on the council of the Malone Society, of which he was elected president in 1989, and for which he edited Chettle's Tragedy of Hoffman (1951).

He died at home in Surrey, on 4 January 2000, bequeathing his books to Queen Mary and Westfield College, which also houses his literary papers.
ArrangementThis collection has been arranged by provenance and function and where possible respecting the original order of the records.

It has been divided into 11 series; Hamlet Lecture Notes; Other Shakespeare Lecture Notes; Other Subject Lecture Notes; Hamlet Research Notes; Other Shakespeare Research Notes; Benlowes Research Notes; Other Subject Research Notes; Arden Hamlet; Other Publications; Career Papers; and Gladys Jenkins.
Copyright StatementNo material may be published without the prior permission of both the copyright holder and the Library. All applications for publication
must be made to the College Archivist in the first instance, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user.
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CodePerson or Corporate Body Name
DS/UK/92Jenkins; Harold (1909-2000); literary scholar and lecturer
DS/UK/30Westfield College; 1882-1989; Higher Education Institution
DS/UK/509University of Edinburgh; 1582-; Higher Education Institution
DS/UK/510Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance; 1950-; College.
DS/UK/511British Academy; 1902-; National academy of humanities and social sciences.
DS/UK/512University of Surrey; St Mary's University College; 1850-; Higher Education Institution
DS/UK/513University of Oslo; 1811-; Higher Education Institution
DS/UK/514Newcastle University; 1963-; Higher Education Institution
DS/UK/516Shakespeare; William (1564-1616); Playwright.
DS/UK/93University of London; University College London (UCL); 1826-; Higher Education Institution
DS/UK/517Kroll (fl.1960)
DS/UK/519Duke University; 1838-; Higher Education Institution
DS/UK/520William Marsh Rice University; 1912-; Higher Education Institution
DS/UK/518Camden; Carroll (c.1904-1989); Professor.; Academic.
DS/UK/521Bamforth; Winifred (fl.1949-2001); Department of Extra-Mural Studies, University of London
DS/UK/522Roberts; F G (fl.1950s-1960s); Local secretary of the English Association, Southampton
DS/UK/523McIntyre; John (fl.1960s); Member of English Society of University of Liverpool.
DS/UK/525Bailey; Richard N (fl.1930-); Lecturer.
DS/UK/526University of Edinburgh; Edinburgh University Press; c.1960-; Publising house.
DS/UK/527University of Münster; 1780-; Higher Education Institution
DS/UK/528Royal National Theatre; 1963-; Theatre.
DS/UK/529Pope; Alexander (1688-1744); An eighteenth-century English poet.
DS/UK/530Gay; John (1685-1732); An English poet and dramatist.
DS/UK/531Thomson; James (1700-1748); A Scottish poet and playwright.
DS/UK/532Young; Arthur (1741-1820); An English writer on agriculture, economics and social statistics.
DS/UK/533Collins; William (1721-1759); An English poet.
DS/UK/534Burns; Robert (1759-1796); A Scottish poet and lyricist.
DS/UK/535Cowper; William (1731-1800); An English poet and hymnodist.
DS/UK/536Lyly; John (c.1553-1606); An English writer.
DS/UK/537Marlowe; Christopher (1564-1593); An English dramatist, poet and translator.
DS/UK/538Dekker; Thomas (1572-1632); An English Elizabethan dramatist and pamphleteer.
DS/UK/539Jonson; Ben (1572-1637); An English Renaissance dramatist, poet and actor.
DS/UK/540Marston; John (1576-1634); An English poet, playwright and satirist.
DS/UK/541Chapman; George (1559-1634); An English dramatist, translator and poet.
DS/UK/542Tourneur; Cyril (1575-1626); An English dramatist.
DS/UK/543Webster; John (1580-1634); An English Jacobean dramatist.
DS/UK/544Middleton; Thomas (1580-1627); An English Jacobean playwright and poet.
DS/UK/545Massinger; Philip (1583-1640); An English dramatist.
DS/UK/546Ford; John (1586-1640); An English Jacobean playwright.
DS/UK/547Greene; Robert (1558-1592); An English author.
DS/UK/548Kyd; Thomas (1558-1594); An English dramatist.
DS/UK/550Marvell; Andrew (1621-1678); An English metaphysical poet, and Parliamentarian.
DS/UK/551Gray; Thomas (1716-1771); Professor.; Poet and academic.
DS/UK/552Leavis; Frank Raymond (1895-1978); An influential British literary critic.
DS/UK/553National Portrait Gallery; 1856-; Art Gallery.
DS/UK/554Benlowes; Edward (1603-1676); An English poet.
DS/UK/555Bunyan; John (1628-1688); An English Christian writer and preacher.
DS/UK/556Dryden; John (1631-1700); An influential poet, literary critic, translator and playwright.
DS/UK/557Etherege; George (c.1635-1692); An English dramatist.
DS/UK/558Wycherley; William (1640-1715); An English dramatist of the Restoration period.
DS/UK/559Otway; Thomas (1652-1685); An English dramatist of the Restoration period.
DS/UK/560Oldcastle; John (-1417); English Lollard leader.
DS/UK/561Chettle; Henry (1564-1607); An English dramatist and miscellaneous writer of the Elizabethan era.
DS/UK/562Greene; Graham (1904-1991); An English author, playwright and literary critic.
DS/UK/563Eliot; Thomas Stearns (1888-1965); An American-born poet, playwright, and literary critic.
DS/UK/564University of the West Indies; 1948-; Higher Education Institution
DS/UK/226University College of London (UCL); Slade School of Fine Art; 1871-; Higher Education Institution
DS/UK/565University of Durham; 1832-; Higher Education Institution
DS/UK/566Shenstone; William (1714-1763); An English poet and one of the first practitioners of landscape gardening.
DS/UK/567Bacon; Francis (1561-1626); An English philosopher, statesman, scientist, lawyer, jurist and author.
DS/UK/568Burton; Robert (1577-1640); An English scholar and vicar at Oxford University.
DS/UK/569Donne; John (1572-1631); An English poet, and preacher.
DS/UK/570Browne; Thomas (1605-1682); An English author.
DS/UK/571Vaughan; William (1575-1641); A Welsh writer and colonial investor.
DS/UK/572Crashaw; Richard (1613-1649); An English poet.
DS/UK/573Herrick; Robert (1591-1674); An English poet.
DS/UK/574Herbert; George (1593-1633); A Welsh poet, orator and Anglican priest.
DS/UK/575Hogarth; William David (c.1903-1967); Secretary of the Athlone Press 1949-1967.
DS/UK/576University of London; Birkbeck, University of London; 1823-; Higher Education Institution
DS/UK/577Congreve; William (1670-1729); An English playwright and poet.
DS/UK/579Smollett; Tobias (1721-1771); A Scottish poet and author.
DS/UK/504MacLachlan (fl.1969); Bookseller
DS/UK/582Iona College; 1940-; Higher Education Institution.
DS/UK/581Hulme; Hilda M (fl.1914-1983); Shakespeare scholar.
DS/UK/591University of Virginia; 1819-; Higher Education Institution
DS/UK/587Pendleton; Thomas A (1980s-1990s); Professor; Academic and co-editor.
DS/UK/586Bowers; Fredson (1905-1991); An American bibliographer and scholar of textual editing.
DS/UK/590Nosworthy; J M (fl.1950s-1960s); Author and editor of Arden Shakespeare.
DS/UK/585Nowottny; Winifred (fl.1960s); Literary critic.
DS/UK/588Brooks; Harold Fletcher (1907-c.1981); Professor; Academic and editor.
DS/UK/589Gair; William Reavley (fl.1990s); Professor.; Academic.
DS/UK/584Sprinchorn; Evert (fl.1960s-1990s); Emeritus Professor.; Academic.
DS/UK/583Marsh; Derick Rupert Clement (fl.1960s-1980s); Head of the English Department at the University of Western Australia, Perth.
DS/UK/595Knowles; Richard (fl.1970s-1980s); Professor; Academic and editor.
DS/UK/593Honnigmann; Ernst A J (fl.1980s-1990s); Emeritus Professor.; Academic and author.
DS/UK/594Warren; Michael J (fl.1970s); Author of various works on Shakespeare.
DS/UK/592Maynard; Winifred A (fl.1980s); Senior lecturer English, University of Edinburgh.
DS/UK/597Horden; John (fl.1950s); Professor; Academic and Director.
DS/UK/505Steer; Francis W (1912-1978); Archivist
DS/UK/357British Museum; 1753-; Museum.
DS/UK/598University of the Witwatersrand; 1922-; Higher Education Institution
DS/UK/596Wright; Lyle H (fl.1930s-1960s); Americana bibliographer.
DS/UK/601Skeat; William Walter (1835-1912); Professor; English scholar and philologist.
DS/UK/600Morris; Richard (1833-1894); An English philologist.
DS/UK/603Forster; Edward Morgan (1879 - 1970); An English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist.
DS/UK/90Keats; John (1795-1821); An English Romantic poet.
DS/UK/608Bradshaw; Graham (1945-); Professor; Academic and co-editor.
DS/UK/604Bawcutt; Priscilla (fl.1980s-1990s); Professor.; Academic.
DS/UK/607Jackson; MacDonald Pairman (1938-); Emeritus Professor.; Academic.
DS/UK/605Methuen Publishing Ltd; 1889-; Publishing house.
DS/UK/609Harvard University; Harvard University Press; 1913-; Publishing house.
DS/UK/508Wilson; Thomas J (fl.1949-1969); Director of Harvard University Press 1949-1969.
DS/UK/507Dobson; Eleanor R (fl.1948-1969); Editor at the Harvard University Press.
DS/UK/506Ewart; Kenneth (1910-1963); Solicitor.
DS/UK/610The Malone Society; 1906-; Learned society.
DS/UK/611Dewey; Arnold Grattan (fl.1950s-1970s); Assistant Secretary of the Athlone Press.
DS/UK/612University of London; Athlone Press; 1948-1979; Publishing house.
DS/UK/613Stevenson; Lionel (1902-1973); Canadian critic and academic.
DS/UK/614Martin; LC (fl.1967-1969)
DS/UK/615Boyce; John (fl.1967-1969)
DS/UK/616Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft (German Shakespeare Society); 1864-; Learned Society.
DS/UK/617Humphreys; Andrew R (fl.1960s-1990s); Author and editor.
DS/UK/618Spevack; Marvin (fl.1980s-1990s); Author and editor.
DS/UK/619Fabian; Bernhard (fl.1987); Editor
DS/UK/620Von Rosador; Kurt Tetzeli (1940-2009); A German Anglist , translator and writer
DS/UK/621Mahon; John W (fl.1980-); Professor; Academic and co-editor.
DS/UK/622South African Broadcasting Company (SABC); 1936-; Broadcaster.
DS/UK/623Wilson; John Dover (1881-1969); Professor; Scholar of Renaissance drama.
DS/UK/624National Library of Scotland; 1925-; Library.
DS/UK/254University of Cambridge; 1209-; Higher Education Institution
DS/UK/625Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. (FVS Foundation); 1931-; Foundation.
DS/UK/626Fricker; Robert (fl.1970s); Professor; Academic
DS/UK/627Vickers; Brian (1937-); Professor; Academic; Fellow of British Academy.
DS/UK/628Holderness; Graham (fl.1980s-); Professor; Academic and author/editor.
DS/UK/629Jenkins; Gladys (1908-1984); Historian.
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NA282Helsinki/Etelä-Suomen Lääni/Finland
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NA287Chelmsford/Essex/England/United Kingdom/Europe
NA20South Africa/Africa