Enid Starkie  

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Enid Mary Starkie (born Killiney, Co Dublin, 1897-1970), was an Irish literary critic, known for her biographical works on French poets. She was a Lecturer and then Reader at Somerville College, Oxford.

She studied at Dublin, Oxford, and the Sorbonne, and taught modern languages at Exeter and Oxford. She wrote perceptively on Baudelaire (1933) and Gide (1954), played a major part in establishing the poetic reputation of Arthur Rimbaud (1938), and published two major volumes on Flaubert (1967, 1971). In 1951 she campaigned successfully to have the quinquennially-elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford be a poet rather than a critic, whereby C S Lewis was defeated by C Day Lewis.

She was honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1967. The academic Walter Starkie was her brother.


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