Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

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Royal Society of Literature
Bernardine Evaristo Photo (cropped).jpg
The current president, Bernardine Evaristo
AbbreviationRSL
Formation1820; 202 years ago (1820)
TypeLearned society
HeadquartersSomerset House, London, England, United Kingdom
President
Dame Marina Warner DBE
Patron
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Websitersliterature.org

The Royal Society of Literature (RSL) is a Learned society in the United KingdomIt was founded in 1820 by king George IV. He create it "to reward people with literary merit and excite literary talent".[1] it is a charity that represents the voice of literature in the UK. The RSL has about 600 Fellows. They are elected from the best writers in any genre currently at work.[2][3][4]

List of presidents[change | change source]

Date Name
1820–1832 Bishop Thomas Burgess
1832–1833 The Lord Dover
1834–1845 The Earl of Ripon
1845–1849 Henry Hallam
1849–1851 The Marquess of Northampton
1851–1856 The Earl of Carlisle
1856–1876 The Rt Rev. Connop Thirlwall (Bishop of St David's until 1874)
1876–1884 The Prince Leopold (Duke of Albany from 1881)
1885–1893 Sir Patrick Colquhoun
1893–1920 The Earl of Halsbury
1921–1945 The Marquess of Crewe
1946–1947 The Earl of Lytton
1947–1982 The Lord Butler of Saffron Walden
1982–1988 Sir Angus Wilson
1988–2003 The Lord Jenkins of Hillhead
2003–2008 Sir Michael Holroyd
2008–2017 Colin Thubron
2017–2021 Marina Warner
2022-present Bernardine Evaristo

References[change | change source]

  1. "History". The Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  2. "Fellows". The Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  3. "About us — Who we are". The Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  4. "Membership". The Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 14 December 2020.

Other websites[change | change source]