The Life of Richard Porson, M. A.
by John Selby Watson (9781458926616)

The Life of Richard Porson, M. A.
John Selby Watson
Release Date: 03 August 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 140
Publisher: General Books
ISBN: 9781458926616
ISBN-10: 1458926613

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAP. IK PORSON ENTERED AT TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE. BEGINS TO SHOW HIS ABILITIES IN CRITICISM. GAINS THE CRAVEN SCHOLARSHIP. HIS GREEK IAMBICS ON THE OCCASION. HE TAKES HIS DEGREE AND IS ELECTED FELLOW. HIS HABITS. HIS LITERARY PROJECTS. HIS FIRST ESSAY IN REVIEWING. HIS DESIIffi TO EDIT J.SCHYLUS. HIS PROPOSALS ILL RECEIVED" BY THE SYNDICS OF THE UNIVERSITY PRESS. IS MCCH DISCOURAGED. NEVER VISITED THE CONTINENT. Porson was too old when he went to Eton, as may have been inferred from Dr. Goodall's evidence before the House of Commons, to have any chance of going to Cambridge as a King's scholar. After having remained at Eton four years, he was entered at Trinity College in October 1778, when he was nearly eighteen years of age. Concerning his course of life as an undergraduate at Cambridge, little is told. He was at first, however, so much influenced by the genius loci that he applied himself to mathematics, but soon relinquished the study for others more agreeable to his inclination. His reading would appear to have been very miscellaneous. Whether the perusal of Chambers's Dictionary, of which Dr. Goodall spoke, and which is also mentioned by Beloe, took place before he went to Cambridge, or afterwards, is uncertain; but it would seem more probable that the achievement was performed at Cambridge. He was said by his old master, Mr. Summers, 1778.] EARLY CRITICISM. 31 to have been well-conducted, and to have incurred no punishment, during the whole of his undergraduate- ship. He impressed the scholars of the University with strong notions of his aptitude for attaining distinction in classical pursuits. Two emendations which he made about two years after he entered Cambridge, his earliest attempts of the kind on record, deserve to be noticed...

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