Pinto, Vivian de Sola

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PINTO, VIVIAN DE SOLA (1895–1969), English literary scholar and poet. The son of a tobaconnist on fashionable St. James's Street, London, Pinto became professor of English at the University of Nottingham (1938–1961) and specialized first in 17th-century studies and later in modern literature. His works include two volumes of poetry, The Invisible Sun (1934) and This Is My England (1941); Crisis in English Poetry, 1880–1940 (1951, 19675); and an edition of the poems of D.H. Lawrence (1964). He appeared for the defense in the famous 1960 obscenity trial in London of Lady Chatterley's Lover, and was a friend of many famous writers including Siegfried *Sassoon, to whom he was second-in-command on the Western Front in World War i.