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Alice Walker (8 December 1900 – 14 October 1982) was a British literary scholar of the he Elizabethan and Jacobean writer Thomas Lodge and of the poet and playwright William Shakespeare. Janet Ruth Bacon was Principal of Royal Holloway College, University of London from 1935-44. She fatally confused public and private, gender and power when she appointed her own 'closest' friend, Alice Walker, to high office in the college. For Bacon's over-reliance on Walker's advice, to the exclusion of other members of her staff, cost her their loyalty, and eventually forced her to resign from the principalship.
Walker was born in 1900 in Crumpsall in Manchester, the daughter of George Edward and Mary Alice Walker. She went to school at Blackburn High School for Girls. She did well at Royal Holloway College graduating in 1923 and three years later she gained her doctorate for her thesis on the Elizabethan and Jacobean writer Thomas Lodge. She decided that she should write a four volume description of Lodge's works and obtained a Jex-Blake scholarship. She travelled for a year before beginning three years of lecturing at the Royal Holloway from 1928 to 1931 and then she does not appear to have taken paid work until she became a librarian in 1939. In 1933 she published The Life of Thomas Lodge again about this physician and writer of the sixteenth century. She became an expert on the works of William Shakespeare publishing editions of his work. She was known for saying that there would never be a definitive version of his work unless a law was passed to decide it. Walker died at Plymouth Hospital in 1982.
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