John George Robertson

(1867—1933) German scholar

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(1867–1933), born Glasgow, Scotland, graduated in science from the University of Glasgow in 1889. In the same year he left for Leipzig, where he studied European languages and literature, gaining his doctorate in 1892, and where he met the future novelist ‘Henry Handel Richardson’ whom he married in 1895. After a period as lecturer at Strasbourg University, he was offered a chair in German at the University of London in 1903. A distinguished and productive scholar, Robertson was prominent in making London a centre of German studies, published numerous works on German writers and in 1905 founded the Modern Language Review, which he edited for four years. Robertson, who undoubtedly influenced the literary interests of his wife, directing her towards Scandinavian literature, took immense pains to leave her free for writing by protecting her from domestic and other cares. One of her most perceptive critics, he wrote an essay titled ‘The Art of Henry Handel Richardson’ (1928–29), first published with Myself When Young (1948).

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