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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 161, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VIII$
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Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264577

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264577.001.0001

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Alan William Raitt 1930–2006

Alan William Raitt 1930–2006

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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 161, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VIII

M. J. Freeman

British Academy

Alan William Raitt (1930–2006), a Fellow of the British Academy, went up to Magdalen College at the University of Oxford from King Edward's Grammar School in Morpeth, in 1948. He progressed from being an undergraduate there to graduate student, Fellow by Examination, Fellow, Tutor, and Senior Tutor, as well as serving the college as a distinguished Vice-President from 1983 to 1985. Raitt had by then already been named in 1976 Special Lecturer in French Literature for the university and, three years later, University Reader. In 1992 he received the accolade of an ad hominem Chair. Raitt had a gift for friendship; one of his greatest friends was Pierre Castex. His reputation as an international authority on nineteenth-century French literature is second to none. Unlike some British and American scholars, Raitt is widely read and admired by the French themselves, and his name figures prominently in all bibliographies devoted to Villiers de l'Isle-Adam and Gustave Flaubert. Despite his many commitments, both in Oxford and in the sphere of French studies generally, he remained a consistently prolific scholar.

Keywords:   Alan William Raitt, British Academy, Magdalen College, University of Oxford, Pierre Castex, French literature, Gustave Flaubert, Villiers de l'Isle-Adam

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