Sir William Empson

poet, critic, and Knight Bachelor (from 1979)

Died aged c. 78

Sir William Empson (27 September 1906 – 15 April 1984) was an English literary critic and poet, widely influential for his practice of closely reading literary works, a practice fundamental to New Criticism. His best-known work is his first, Seven Types of Ambiguity, published in 1930. Jonathan Bate has written that the three greatest English literary critics of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries are Johnson, Hazlitt and Empson, "not least because they are the funniest".

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Sir William Empson 1906-1984 poet and critic lived here 1929-1931 and at 71 Marchmont Street 1934-1936

65 Marchmont Street , London, United Kingdom where they lived

Sir William Empson 1906-1984 Poet, Critic and Hetta, Lady Empson 1915-1996 Sculptor lived here 1946-1996

1 Hampstead Hill Gardens, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom where they was