Sidney Lee FBA (5 December 1859 – 3 March 1926) was an English
biographer, writer and critic.
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Lee was born Solomon Lazarus Lee in 1859 at 12 Keppel Street,
Bloomsbury, London. He was educated at the City of
London School and
at Balliol College, Oxford, where he graduated in modern history in
1882. In 1883, Lee became assistant-editor of the Dictionary of
National Biography. In 1890 he became joint editor, and on the
retirement of Sir
Leslie Stephen in 1891, succeeded him as editor.
Lee wrote over 800 articles in the Dictionary, mainly on Elizabethan
authors or statesmen. His sister Elizabeth Lee also contributed. While
still at Balliol, Lee had written two articles on Shakespearean
questions, which were printed in The Gentleman's Magazine. In 1884, he
published a book about Stratford-on-Avon, with illustrations by Edward
Hull. Lee's article on Shakespeare in the 51st volume (1897) of the
Dictionary of National Biography
Dictionary of National Biography formed the basis of his Life of
William Shakespeare (1898), which reached its fifth edition in 1905.
In 1902, Lee edited the Oxford facsimile edition of the first folio of
Shakespeare's comedies, histories and tragedies, followed in 1902 and
1904 by supplementary volumes giving details of extant copies, and in
1906 by a complete edition of Shakespeare's works.
Lee received a knighthood in 1911. Between 1913 and 1924, he served as
Professor of English Literature and Language at East
Besides the editions of English classics, Lee's works include:
Life of Queen Victoria (1902)
Great Englishmen of the Sixteenth century (1904), based on his Lowell
Institute lectures at Boston, Massachusetts, in 1903
Shakespeare and the Modern Stage (1906)
Shakespeare's England : an account of the life & manners of
his age (1916, with Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh)
King Edward VII, a Biography (1925).
There are personal letters from Lee, including those written during
his final illness, in the T.F. Tout Collection of the John Rylands
Library in Manchester.
John Denham Parsons
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Lee, Sidney". Encyclopædia
Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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