Fonds F2134 - George Grey Falle Fonds

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George Grey Falle Fonds


  • 1941-1984 (Creation)

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1.35 m of textual records
1 photograph

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George Grey Falle, professor of English literature, was born on 12 May 1915 in Montreal to Georges Hoyles Falle and Janet Alice Pettigrew. He attended McGill University where he obtained a BA in 1935 and an MA in 1937. He then studied late 17th century literature with a particular emphasis on Dryden, receiving his PhD in 1952. The title of his doctoral thesis was ‘The Place of Letters in English Thought and Criticism between Hobbes and Locke: A Study in Critical Commentary.’ From 1941 to 1945 Falle served in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Falle was a lecturer at McGill University, 1945 to1948, a teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin, 1948 to 1951, and instructor and assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire, 1951 to 1954. He became assistant professor at Trinity College 1954, associate professor in 1961 and professor in 1968.

Falle was secretary of the Combined Departments of English, University of Toronto, 1964 to 1966 and chairman 1968 to 1970. He was a visiting fellow at King's College, Cambridge, in 1966, and chairman of the Music Committee at Hart House at the University of Toronto from 1966 to 1970. At the University of Toronto he was on the Library Committee; MA Committee; Programme Committee; Woodhouse Prize Committee in 1974, and a member of Senate. At Trinity College he was an active member of the Executive Committee of Corporation, sitting on its Policy and Planning Committee and the General Committee of Faculty Council and Academic Standards. He was Chairman of the Board of Stewards, and the Study Group. He served as President of the Johnson Society, Central Region. In honour of Falle a scholarship in undergraduate English was set up in his name at Trinity College.

Falle published Three Restoration Comedies (1964), several articles and essays and was assistant editor of Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, Madame d'Arblay, Vols. V and VI.

George Grey Falle died on 11 December 1984 in Toronto, Ontario.

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Materials were donated to the archives by George Grey Falle.

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The fonds includes correspondence, diaries, writings, lecture and reading notes on various topics related to his position as an English professor, including a diploma, a diary, and one photograph. Also included is material from the many committees and societies with which he was involved such as the Trinity College Major Study Group and the Johnson Society.

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File 2-5 is closed to protect personal information.

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Various copyright holders. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission to publish any part of the fonds.

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  • English

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