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English literature educator

Granville Richard Francis Tompkins CBE was a print, advertising and retail entrepreneur, best known for founding the Green Shield Stamps company, as well as the Argos chain of catalogue stores which became one of the largest retailers in the United Kingdom and a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.


Ellman, Richard was born on May 15, 1918 in Highland Park, Michigan, United States.


S. James Isaac and Jeanette (Barsook) E. Married Mary Donahue, August 12, 1949. Children: Stephen Jonathan, Maud Esther, Lucy Elizabeth.

Bachelor, Yale University, 1939, Master of Arts, 1941, Doctor of Philosophy, 1947. BLitt, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 1947. Master of Arts, Oxford University, England, 1970.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), Northwestern University, 1980, National University Ireland, 1976, Emory University, 1979, McGill University, 1986. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Gothenburg, 1978. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Boston College, 1979, University Rochester, 1981.

Instructor Harvard University, 1942-1943, 47-48, Brigge-Copeland assistant professor English compositon, 1948-1951. Professor English Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1951-1964, Franklin Bliss Snyder professor, 1964-1968. Professor English Yale University, 1968-1970.

Goldsmith's professor English literature Oxford University, England, 19790-84. Frederick Ives Carpenter visiting professor University Chicago, 1959, 67, 75-77. Woodruff professor Emory University, 1982-1987.

Member United States-United Kingdom Educational Commission, 1970-1985. Author: Yeats: The Man and the Masks, 1948, The Identitiy of Yeats, 1954, James Joyce, 1959 (National Book), Eminent Domain, 1967, Literary Biography, 1972, Ulysses on the Liffey, 1972, Golden Codgers, 1973, The Consciousness of Joyce, 1977, Four Dubliners: Wilde, Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, 1986. Editor: Selected Writings of Henri Michaux, 1951, My Brother's Keeper (Stanislaus Joyce), 1958.

(with others) English Masterpieces, 1958. The Symbolist Movement in Literature (Arthur Symons), 1958. (with Ellsworth Mason) The Critical Writings of James Joyce: Edwardians and Late Victorians, 1960.

(with Charles Feidelson) The Modern Tradition, 1965: Letters of James Joyce, Volumes II and III, 1966. Giacomo Joyce (James Joyce), 1968, The Artist as Critic (Oscar Wilde), 1969, Oscar Wilde (Twentieth Century Views), 1970. (with Robert O'Clair) Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, 1973.

Selected Letters of James Joyce, 1976, New Oxford Book of American Verse, 1976. (with Robert O'Clair) Modern Poems, 1976, Four Dubliners, 1986, Oscar Wilde, 1987. Served with Office of Strategic Services, United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946.

Rockefeller fellow in humanities, 1946-1947. Guggenheim fellow, 1950, 57, 70. Kenyon Review fellow in criticism, 1955, American Philosophical Society grantee.

National Endowment of the Humanities grantee, 1977-1978. Fellow School Letters, Indiana University, 1956, 60, senior fellow, 1966-1972. Fellow New College, Oxford University, 1970-1984, honorary fellow, 1984-1987, extraordinary fellow Wolfson College, 1984-1987.

Fellow American Academy and Institute, British Academy, Royal Society Literature. Member English Institute (chairman 1961-1962), Modern Language Association (executive council 1961-1965, member editorial committee publications 1968-1973), Elizabethan Club, Phi Beta Kappa, Chi Delta Theta, Signet, Athenaeum.