Q. D. Leavis

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In her socio-anthropological critical monographs and essays, QDL evaluates literature by examining it in the context of the culture from which it emerges. She focuses on intellectual, social, and moral elements of literary work, and she insists on a rigorous standard of judgement for works by well-known, as well as by unknown, writers. Her reviews and evaluations of contemporary writers could be sharply aggressive or just ferocious, as in the case of Virginia Woolf. Some of her influence derived from her status as the wife of Cambridge critic F. R. Leavis , but QDL was a power in her own right. Although she inhabited the shadow of her husband in her early years, she also came to be a significant influence in the field of cultural studies and a well-defined voice in literary studies. By her own account, work by her often went into her husband's publications.

Milestones

7 December 1906
Queenie Dorothy Roth (later QDL ) was born. Her parents were then settled at 79 Silver Street in Edmonton, North London.
MacKillop, Ian. F.R. Leavis: A Life in Criticism. Allen Lane, 1995.
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February 1921
Queenie Roth (later QDL ) achieved print at the age of fourteen with her story, Christmas Presents. It was published in the Latymer School journal.
Kinch, M. B., William Baker, and John Kimber. F.R. Leavis and Q.D. Leavis: An Annotated Bibliography. Garland, 1989.
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April 1932
QDL published her first major work of literary criticism: Fiction and the Reading Public, a slightly revised version of her recent Cambridge dissertation, Fiction and the Reading Public: A Study in Social Anthropology.
MacKillop, Ian. F.R. Leavis: A Life in Criticism. Allen Lane, 1995.
130, 135
2 September 1938
QDL published her most notorious review: her Scrutiny piece, Caterpillars of the Commonwealth Unite!, on Virginia Woolf 's Three Guineas.
Kinch, M. B., William Baker, and John Kimber. F.R. Leavis and Q.D. Leavis: An Annotated Bibliography. Garland, 1989.
157
17 March 1981
QDL died in Cambridge at the age of eighty-one, of heart failure.
MacKillop, Ian. F.R. Leavis: A Life in Criticism. Allen Lane, 1995.
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Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Biography

Birth

7 December 1906
Queenie Dorothy Roth (later QDL ) was born. Her parents were then settled at 79 Silver Street in Edmonton, North London.
MacKillop, Ian. F.R. Leavis: A Life in Criticism. Allen Lane, 1995.
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