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Peter Milward, SJ papers

Collection MS-2005-052: Peter Milward, SJ papers


  • Creation: 1958-2002

Scope and Contents

These papers consist mainly of Milward’s scholarship on English and Japanese literary studies, with an emphasis on Shakespeare. The papers include printed articles and reviews, mostly published in Japanese literary journals. There are also ten papers here, in typescript, on Shakespeare written and variously submitted by Milward as articles or conference papers. A significant portion of the Milward papers are short notices and reviews by various publishers and critics, respectively, for Milward’s book Shakespeare’s Religious Background (1973). There are a number of bibliographical and biographical materials gathered by Dennis Taylor, a professor of English at Boston College. The Milward papers span the period from 1953 to 2002.


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Biographical Note

Peter Milward, SJ was a Jesuit priest and literary scholar. Born in London in 1925, Milward was educated at Wimbledon College and Oxford. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1943. In 1954 he was sent to Japan where he completed his study of theology. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1960.

Milward joined the English Literature Department at Sophia University in 1962. He became the first director of the university’s Renaissance Centre in 1984. He was best known in Japan for his series of readers and textbooks for the study of the English language and English literature. Outside of Japan, Milward was best known for his specialization in Renaissance literature, specifically literature regarding religion in early modern England and William Shakespeare. He was one of the leading proponents of the view that Shakespeare was a crypto-Catholic.

Milward died in Tokyo in 2017.


Taylor, Dennis, ed. “Peter Milward, S. J. (1925-): A Chronology and Checklist of his Works on Shakespeare, in English, Gathered in the Burns Rare Book Library, Boston College, Chestnut Hill MA.” Revised June 12, 2003. 20 October 2005

Milward, Peter. Genesis of an Octogenarian(2008)


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These papers document the scholarship of Jesuit Peter Milward, SJ through printed articles, reviews, and some typescripts. The collection consists mainly of Milward’s work in English and Japanese literary studies, with an emphasis on Shakespeare.


Arranged into six series: Series I. Papers; Series II. Articles; Series III. Notes and Reviews; Series IV. Correspondence; Series V. Announcement; Series VI. Biographical and Bibliographical Materials


Gift of Peter Milward, SJ in 2005.

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John J. Burns Library
Boston College
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Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States