English Men of Letters: Matthew Arnold

English Men of Letters: Matthew Arnold

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English Men of Letters: Matthew Arnold

English Men of Letters: Matthew Arnold

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The only authority for the events of Matthew Arnold's life, besides Mr. Richard Garnett excellent article in the Dictionary of National Biography, is the collection of his letters in two volumes, edited byMr. George Russell (Macmillan, 1895). Sir Joshua Fitch's account of Mr. Arnold's SYSTEM services as Inspector of Schools in the seventh volume of Great Educators (Heinemann) is admirably clear, and Mr. Burnett Smart Bibliography (The Dryden Press, 1892) cannot be overpraised. Professor Saintsbury's lively and learned study in Messrs. Blackwood Modern English Writers (1899) is rather unsympathetic on the theological and political side, but full of interest and suggestion. I have sometimes owed most to Mr. Saintsbury when I have been least able to agree with him.

H. W. P.

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