Pinto, Vivian de Sola

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Pinto, Vivian de Sola Gender: M
born on 9 December 1895 at 23:15 (= 11:15 PM )
Place Hampstead, England, 51n34, 0w11
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 17°41' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 26°27 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 13°49'


British poet, literary critic and historian. He was a leading scholarly authority on D. H. Lawrence, and appeared for the defence (Penguin Books) in the 1960 Lady Chatterley's Lover trial.

Pinto became a close friend of Siegfried Sassoon, having fought in World War I alongside him, as his second-in-command, in France. He appears in the 'Sherston' books (Memoirs of an Infantry Officer etc.), Sassoon's fictionalised biography, under the pseudonym of "Velmore".

After the war he was at the University of Oxford. Later he was Professor in the Department of English at the University of Nottingham, from 1938 until 1961.

He is also known as the translator of France Prešeren's poetry into the English language.

Pinto died on 27 July 1969.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Vivian de Sola Pinto's book, "The City That Shone: An Autobiography (1895-1922)" (Hutchinson, 1969), p. 9: "my birth on 9th December 1895 was an occasion of great rejoicing. The winter of 1895 was a cold one and my father told me that when he went to fetch the doctor on the night of my birth it was snowing. I was born at 11.15 pm."


  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Historian
  • Vocation : Writers : Critic
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Translator