1897 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Keble

Frederic Boase, Modern English Biography (1892-1921) 2:169-70.



JOHN KEBLE (elder son of John Keble 1745-1835, V. of Coln, St. Aldwyn's Gloucs.) b. Fairford, Gloucs. 25 April 1792; ed. by his father and at C.C. coll. Oxf., scholar 12 Dec. 1806; B.A. double first 1810, M.A. 1813; fellow of Oriel coll. Oct. 1812 to May 1823, tutor 1818-23, public examiner in the univ. 1813, 1814-16 and 1821-23, master of the schools 1816 to May 1823; C. of East Leach and Burthorpe, Gloucs. 1815-28; C. of Southrop 1823-5; C. of Hursley near Winchester 1825-6; professor of poetry, Oxf. 1831-41; took part in originating the Tractarian movement 1832 etc.; preached assize sermon at St. Mary's Osf. on the national apostacy 14 July 1833; contributed to Tracts for the Times 1833, seven numbers; V. of Hursley 1836 to death, instituted 9 March; author of The Christian year. Anon. 2 vols. 23 June 1827, of which 109 editions were printed; Lyra innocentium, thoughts in verse on christian children, their ways and their privileges. Anon. 1846, the profits of these two works were applied to the restoration of Hursley ch.; Sermons, academical and occasional 1847; edited The works of R. Hooker 1836; with E. B. Pusey and others, A library of Fathers 1838. d. Bournemouth 29 March 1866. bur. Hursley 6 April. Sir J. T. Moor's Memoir of J. Keble (1870); J. F. Moor's The Birthplace of the author of The Christian year (1867), memoir pp. 9-54, portrait; Illustrated Review, v. 371-81 (1873), portrait; R. H. Haweis' Poets in the pulpit (1880), memoir 145-93, portrait; I. L. N. [Illustrated London News] xlviii 365, 366 (1866), portrait.

NOTE. — From first publication of the "Christian year" in 1827 to expiry of the copyright in 1873, there were sold no less than 379,000 copies; the selling prices of these was £56,000, and the sum paid to him by his publisher John Henry Parker was £14,000.