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George Stuart Gordon (1881-1942) was a Britishmarker literary scholar.

Gordon was educated at Glasgow Universitymarker, Oriel College, Oxfordmarker (First Class in Classical Moderations 1904 and in Literae Humaniores 1906, Stanhope Prize 1905).

He was a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxfordmarker from 1907 to 1915.

He was Professor of English Literature at Leeds Universitymarker. Later he was Merton Professor of English Literature at Oxfordmarker, 1922-1928,[402626] President of Magdalen College, Oxfordmarker, Professor of Poetry there, and Vice-Chancellor (1938-1941). He was one of the Kolbitars, J. R. R. Tolkien's group of readers of Icelandic sagas.[402627]

His son George Gordon was a noted physiologist.[402628]


  • Henry Peacham's The Compleat Gentleman (1906) editor
  • English Literature and the Classics (1912) editor, contribution on Theophrastus
  • Mons and the Retreat (1917)
  • Medium Aevum and the Middle Age (1925) Society for Pure English Tract 19
  • Richard II (Shakespeare) (1925) editor
  • On writing and writers, Walter Alexander Raleigh (1926) editor
  • Companionable Books (1927)
  • Shakespeare's English (1928) Society for Pure English Tract 29
  • Anglo-American Literary Relations (1942)
  • The Letters of G. S. Gordon, 1902-1942 (1943)
  • Shakespearian Comedy and other studies (1945)
  • The Discipline of Letters (1946)
  • Robert Bridges (1946) Rede Lecture
  • More Companionable Books (1947)
  • The Lives of Authors (1950)


  • Mary C. Biggar Gordon (1945) The Life of George S. Gordon 1881–1942


  1. He had been a Fellow of Magdalen from 1907; mentioned in C. S. Lewis, Letters p.208. Gordon tutored Lewis.[1].
  2. Under MI7; see PDF

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