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"Dyson, Henry Victor 'Hugo'"

Henry Victor "Hugo" Dyson  (1896-1975), an Inkling, considered by C.S. "Jack" Lewis to be one of "the immediate human causes of my conversion" (Letters, 363) was Lecturer and Tutor at the University of Reading (1921-45) and a Fellow and Tutor of Merton College, Oxford (1945-63). Originally introduced to Lewis by Nevill Coghill. Lewis described him to Arthur Greeves as one of his friends of the second class, on a the level with his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien (TST, 372, 421). Lewis expressed his appreciation for Dyson's help in the preface of The Allegory of Love, and dedicated Rehabilitations to him. 


Bratman, David. "Hugo Dyson: Inkling, Teacher, Bon Vivant." Mythlore Vol. 21, No. 4 (Winter 1997): 19-34.

Pope: Poetry and Prose. with essays by Johnson, Coleridge, Hazlitt. ed. with an introduction and notes by H.V.D. Dyson. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1933.

Dyson, H.V.D., and John Butt. Augustans and Romantics, 1689-1830. Introductions to English Literature: Volume 3. London: Cresset Press, 1940. rev. 1950 and 1961.

___________. "'The Old Cumberland Beggar' and the Wordsworthian Unities." Essays on the Eighteenth Century, Presented to David Nichol Smith in Honour of His Seventieth Birthday. London: Oxford University Press, 1945. pp. 238-251.

___________. "The Emergence of Shakespeare's Tragedy." Proceedings of the British Academy 36 (1952): 69-93. [Annual Shakespeare Lecture read April 26, 1950]

Havard, Robert E. "Philia: Jack at Ease." in Como, James T., ed. C.S. Lewis at the Breakfast Table and Other Reminiscences. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992. pp. 218-220.

Hooper, Walter. C.S. Lewis: A Companion & Guide. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1996. pp. 651-652 and passim.

Richard James
Burkesville Christian Church
Burkesville, Kentucky

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