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About Professor Sir Christopher Ricks

Sir Christopher Ricks delivers lectures for the English BA at New College of the Humanities.

He is Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University, having formerly been professor of English at the University of Bristol and then at Cambridge, and the Professor of Poetry at Oxford, 2004-2009.

Professor Sir Christopher Ricks's Research

He is a Co-Editor of Essays in Criticism, a quarterly journal of literary criticism. He edited The Poems of Tennyson (3 vols., 1987), and co-edited (with Jim McCue) The Poems of T. S. Eliot (Faber & Faber, 2 vols., 2015). Other editorial enterprises include The New Oxford Book of Victorian Verse (1987), The Oxford Book of English Verse (1999), and the work of  Milton, A. E. Housman, Samuel Beckett, and Bob Dylan.

His books include the following:

Milton’s Grand Style (Clarendon Press, 1963)

Keats and Embarrassment (Clarendon Press, 1974)

The Force of Poetry (Clarendon Press, 1984)

T. S. Eliot and Prejudice (Faber & Faber, 1988)

Beckett’s Dying Words (Oxford University Press, 1993)

Essays in Appreciation (Clarendon Press, 1996)

Allusion to the Poets (Oxford University Press, 2002)

Reviewery (Penguin, 2003)

Dylan’s Visions of Sin (Penguin, 2003)

True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell Under the Sign of Eliot and Pound (Yale University Press, 2010)

Along Heroic Lines (Oxford University Press, 2021)