Prickett, William E.
1906-1975; e.m. 1932

Born on April 26th 1906 at Goole, the brother of H. John Prickett. He was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and trained for the ministry at Didsbury College. He served in Sierra Leone from 1932 to 1952, first at Fourah Bay College, and then as Principal of Union College, Bunumbu. From 1952 to 1957 he was Superintendent of the Canterbury Circuit. From 1958 until his retirement in 1972 he was Chairman of the Gambia District. During retirement he set up the World Development desk at Westminster. He died in Canterbury on 29 September 1975.

His son Dr A.T. Stephen Prickett, was born in Sierra Leone in 1939. He was educated at Kent College, Canterbury and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, obtaining his PhD in 1968 with a thesis on Wordsworth and Coleridge. He has taught in many parts of the world, including Methodist College, Uzuakoli, Eastern Nigeria (1962-1964), the University of Sussex (1967-1982), the Australian National University, Canberra (1982-1989) and the University of Glasgow (1990-2001), where he was Regius Professor of English Language and Literature and Director of the post-graduate Research Centre for European Romanticism. He had a visiting professorship/fellowship at Duke University, NC and from 2003 to 2008 was Director of the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University, Texas. In addition to many articles, he has written or edited some 18 books on Romanticism, and on the Bible and literature.

  • Methodist Recorder, 9 October 1975