Professor David Womersley granted D.Litt

Professor David Womersley granted D.Litt

The Master (reading the relevant Latin from inside his mortar board) presented Professor David Womersley, Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature, for the degree of D.Litt in the Sheldonian Theatre.
Professor Womersley works on English literature from the early sixteenth to the early nineteenth centuries, with a special focus on historical writing and a particular interest in Edward Gibbon. 
OUP has just commissioned a complete edition of Gibbon’s writings and correspondence in 26 volumes, for which Professor Womersley will be the general editor, drawing on a team of scholars based in Britain and overseas. 
Commenting on his accolade, Professor Womersley commented, “In order to complete the edition, we will need to secure some large grants, so the granting of the D.Litt., which is a kind of academic ‘lifetime achievement’ award, has come at a good moment and may make our grant applications a little more powerful.  It is, of course, also simply very satisfying and pleasing to receive such an acknowledgement from one’s academic peers.”