Biography of Andrew Cecil Bradley
Andrew Cecil Bradley
Andrew Cecil Bradley (1851-1935) has been described as "arguably the greatest literary critic of his day." He was Regius Professor of English Language and Literature at the University from 1889 to 1900 and the Bradley Chair of English Literature is named for him.
Bradley was born in Surrey, the youngest of twenty-one children of an Oxford preacher, and he was educated at Balliol College, Oxford. He taught Literature at University College Liverpool until he moved to Glasgow in 1889. He was an idealistic scholar known for his delicate sensibilities and he was not entirely enamoured of his new students, describing them memorably in 1892 as "a set of savages whom it is a loathsome drudgery to teach". He resigned in 1900 and in 1901 was appointed Professor of Poetry at Oxford.
The University awarded Bradley an LLD in 1901, and he delivered the Gifford Lectures there in 1907-1908.