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(1887–1986). Scholar, painter, poet, and teacher, he was born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, the second son of the headmaster of an elementary school. He won a county scholarship to Leeds University, graduating in 1907 with first-class honours in modern languages, with distinction in German. This led to his appointment the same year as Lektor in English literature at the ancient German university of Jena, where he obtained his Ph.D. An accidental meeting in his boarding house at Jena with a Canadian professor, who was scouting Europe for academic staff for the newly founded University of Alberta, resulted in his being offered a lectureship in German there. Five years later, in 1915, he was appointed associate professor of German at the University of Toronto.


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