Kathleen Nott

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KN was a philosophical writer, novelist, translator, poet, and critic of the mid twentieth century. Her importance for literary history lies in the position she took up in The Emperor's Clothes, 1953, which challenged the predominance of T. S. Eliot and of traditional religion in general in English critical thinking of the time.
McCall, Colin. “Kathleen Nott (1905–1999). Down to Earth”. The Freethinker, No. 4, p. 10.

Milestones

11 February 1905
KN was born in Camberwell, London, the youngest of three daughters.
Paterson, Elizabeth. “A voice against the tides of fashion: Kathleen Nott”. The Guardian.
By early December 1953
KN published a book of criticism entitled The Emperor's Clothes, which sets out to attack a contemporary infiltration of literary critique by theological dogma or faith-based exhortation.
TLS Centenary Archive Centenary Archive [1902-2012].
2705 (4 December 1953): 773
20 February 1999
KN died shortly after her ninety-fourth birthday at Swindon in Wiltshire.
Paterson, Elizabeth. “A voice against the tides of fashion: Kathleen Nott”. The Guardian.
King, Francis. “Obituary: Kathleen Nott”. The Independent.

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