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Biography of Stanley Jones

Stanley Jones was a Lecturer of French at the University of Glasgow from 1946 until 1978, and a Reader of French at the University from 1978 until 1981. His biography of William Hazlitt, Hazlitt, a Life: from Winterslow to Frith Street (1989) is considered a milestone in literary studies.

Jones was born in Cardiff in 1916, son a a carpenter. He studied at University College, Cardiff, until 1939 with the outbreak of the Second World War, he attached to the Intelligence Corps in Salisbury. Stanley resumed his doctoral research, a study of Proust, at Cambridge, and McGill University.

Jones was appointed to a full lectureship at the University of Glasgow in 1946 by Professor Alan Boase, at a time when such permanent posts were rare. In 1962, Jones purchased a volume of notes of lectures delivered at the University of Glasgow by Sir William Thomson between 1849-50 from a secondhand bookshop in Glasgow, and in 1969, he sent a letter to the principal informing him of his wish to donate the notes of Lord Kelvin's lectures to the University. In 1978, Jones was appointed Reader of French, a position he held until 1981.

Jones died in March 1999, at the age of 83.


Stanley Jones
Born 2 March 1916.
Died 11 March 1999.
GU Degree:
University Link: Lecturer
Occupation categories: lecturers; scholars; writers
English snippet: Lecturer and Reader of French at the University of Glasgow
Record last updated: 9th Apr 2013

Country Associations

Wales Wales, South West Wales, Swansea
Place of Birth

Scotland Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Place of Death

France France, Île-de-France region, Paris

University Connections

University Roles

  • Lecturer