In Memoriam: Professor Vincent Newey (1943–2020)

By Matthew Sangster

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Vincent Newey, our colleague, friend and a co-founder of the British Association for Romantic Studies has passed away. Born and raised in the West Midlands town of Dudley, at the heart of what is still known as the Black Country, Professor Vincent Newey attended Dudley Grammar School before going up to New College, Oxford, to study English in 1962. Graduating with a First-Class Honours degree in English Language and Literature in 1965, he accepted a Junior Lectureship at Magdalen College, Oxford, and won a postgraduate scholarship at New College, before taking the post of Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Liverpool in 1967. Vince remained at Liverpool for 22 years, being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1982, and serving as Head of Department from 1985 to 1989. It was at Liverpool that he completed his BLitt ‘A Critical Examination of the Poetry of William Cowper’ (Oxon, 1971) and, later, his PhD, ‘A Critical Examination of the Literature of Selfhood and Subjective Experience’ (1985), based on the work he had by then published. An effective administrator as well as highly respected teacher and scholar, in 1989 Vince was …read more