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John Stuart Blackie Anna M. Stoddart

John Stuart Blackie By Anna M. Stoddart

John Stuart Blackie by Anna M. Stoddart

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Stoddart's 1896 biography of John Stuart Blackie (1805-1895) describes this remarkable, energetic and sometimes eccentric Scot. Blackie travelled extensively and trained as a lawyer and a divine before becoming a professor of Classics. His biography offers insights into nineteenth-century Scottish education and the experiences of Scots in Europe.

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John Stuart Blackie: A Biography by Anna M. Stoddart

John Stuart Blackie (1805-1895) trained in law and studied divinity in Scotland and Germany before becoming a professor of Classics. Confident, well-travelled, vivacious, and outspoken, he delivered numerous public lectures, was instrumental in the founding of the Gaelic Chair at Edinburgh University, and published translations of many German and Classical works, as well as an impressive body of literary criticism. He was active in Radical politics, a strong opponent of the 1867 Reform Bill, and well-known for his eccentric dress. Anna M. Stoddart's detailed biography of Blackie, published in 1896, provides captivating insights into this extraordinary man's life and times by drawing on letters and papers provided by Blackie's widow and colleagues soon after his death. It remains a useful source for scholars interested in Scottish education or the experience of Scots abroad, as well as those studying nineteenth-century literature and literary criticism.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Parentage and childhood, 1809-1819; 2. At school and college, 1820-1829; 3. Student life in Goettingen, 1829; 4. Student life in Berlin, 1829-1830; 5. Rome, 1830-1831; 6. End of wanderjahre, 1831-1832; 7. Years of struggle, 1832-1837; 8. The Test Acts, 1837-1849; 9. Installation and marriage, 1841-1842; 10. Aberdeen and university reform, 1842-1850; 11. Aeschylus and the Greek chair, 1850-1852; 12. Edinburgh, 1852-1857; 13. Lays, lectures, and lyrics, 1857-1860; 14. Homer, 1861-1866; 15. The highlands and islands, 1866-1870; 16. Pilgrim years, 1870-1872; 17. Self-culture, 1873-1874; 18. The Celtic chair, 1875-1876; 19. Egypt, 1876-1879; 20. Retirement from the Greek chair, 1880-1882; 21. Class-room and platform, 1841-1882; 22. Recreations of an emeritus professor, 1882-1887; 23. Living Greek, 1888-1891; 24. Closing years, 1892-1895; Index.

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John Stuart Blackie: A Biography by Anna M. Stoddart
Cambridge University Press
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