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Arnold Kettle (March 17, 1916 - December 24, 1986) was a British Marxist literary critic most noted for his authorship of the two volume work: An Introduction to the English Novel. He was the Open University’s first professor of literature and worked there till retirement in 1981. [1][2][3] He was part of the Cambridge Apostles.

Arnold Kettle was born in London on 17 March 1916, and received his education at Merchant Taylors School and at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a First Class Honours in English in 1937. He was then Commonwealth Fellow at Yale University from 1939 to 1941 and was awarded a Ph.D. at Cambridge in 1942. For the next four years, Kettle served as a captain in H.M. Forces which included a posting in India. He was appointed Lecturer and subsequently Senior Lecturer in the School of English, University of Leeds where he taught from 1947 to 1967. Kettle then joined the University College of Dares Salaam as Professor and stayed in Africa until 1970. Upon his return to England he was appointed Professor of Literature at the Open University, where he remained until his retirement in 1981. He lived at Milton Keynes with his wife Margot until his death on 24 December 1986.


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