Frank Ernest Halliday (10 February 1903 – 26 March 1982) was an English academic, author and amateur painter. He wrote on a wide range of subjects, though he was best known for his books on William Shakespeare.
Halliday taught English and history at Cheltenham College, and served as head of the English Department there, from 1929 to 1948. After his retirement from teaching, he and his family moved to St. Ives, Cornwall, where Halliday pursued a second career as a professional author. He produced a modern edition of Richard Carew's The Survey of Cornwall in 1953. He wrote or edited more than 20 books in his lifetime, including a volume of poetry, Meditation at Bolerium (1963). His compendium A Shakespeare Companion was a basic reference work for a generation of readers. First published in 1950, the book went through a major revision and updating for a new edition in 1964, the quatercentenary of Shakespeare's birth.
He married Nancibel Beth Gaunt in 1927; they had one child, a son, Michael.
Selected written works by F. E. Halliday
- Shakespeare and His Critics (1949)
- The Enjoyment of Shakespeare (1952)
- The Cult of Shakespeare (1957)
- A History of Cornwall (1959)
- Indifferent Honest (an autobiography)(1960)
- The Life of Shakespeare (1961)
- Unfamiliar Shakespeare (1962)
- England, a Concise History (1964)
- The Poetry of Shakespeare's Plays (1964)
- An Illustrated Cultural History of England (1967), revised up to 1981
- Chaucer and His World (1968)
- Doctor Johnson and His World (1968)
- Wordsworth and His World (1970)
- Thomas Hardy: His Life and Work (1972)
- The Excellency of the English Tongue (1975)
- Robert Browning: His Life and Work (1975)
- "Cecil Day-Lewis". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
- Magill, Frank Northen, ed. Cyclopedia of World Authors. Pasadena, CA, Salem, 1974.
- Obituary, The Times, 29 March 1982.
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