Sunday, March 3, 2013

On Gilbert Highet, the classics, and the scholarly life

I have a new essay-review on Gilbert Highet's quirky 1957 book Poets in a Landscape at Open Letters Monthly, which you can read here. A brief preview:
It is hard to imagine today that a book of even very user-friendly biographical sketches of great Latin poets could ever attract the readership that Poets did in its time. Highet himself has started to fade from living memory. His academic work already seems incorrigibly dated, and instead it’s these chatty, acrobatic, imaginative essays that will survive for posterity, precisely because he preferred to be a teacher rather than a scholar. 
You can get the book itself here, if you're so inclined; Romans, Italians, and poetry await. 

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