Journals Higher Education



Published: 07 January 2011

352 Pages | Figures

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199579273

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The Bishop's Grammar

Robert Lowth and the Rise of Prescriptivism

Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade

  • Definitevely dispels the myth of Lowth as the icon of prescriptivism
  • An in-depth account of the author of the most important eighteenth-century English grammar
  • Gives the publication history of Lowth's grammar and shows how it was plagiarized by later grammarians
  • The primary basis of the book is an unpublished collection of Lowth's correspondence
  • 2010 is the three hundredth anniversary of the birth of Robert Lowth
  • Lowth was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford 1741-51 and Bishop of Oxford 1766-77 and London 1777-87
  • Lowth's doctoral dissertation, De Sacra Poesie Hebraeorum Praelectiones, was published in 1753 by the Clarendon Press

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