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Frank Raymond Leavis was born in Cambridge in 1895. He read History and English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and subsequently became a lecturer in the English Faculty there. He moved to Downing College, Cambridge , in 1931 and was elected Fellow in 1936. In 1965 he joined the University of York as a visiting Professor of English.
An influential literary critic, his publications included 'New Bearings in English Poetry' in 1932,'The Great Tradition' in 1948, and 'Nor Shall My Sword: Discourses on Pluralism, Compassion and Social Hope' in 1972.
He died in 1978.