Hugh Blair

Standard Name: Blair, Hugh


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Education Vernon Lee
VL was educated in art and literature by her mother
Gunn, Peter. Vernon Lee: Violet Paget, 1856-1935. Oxford University Press.
and half-brother (who was studying languages in preparation for university). With Matilda Paget she read Hugh Blair 's Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres...
Education Edna Lyall
Since the cousin with whom she shared lessons was three years older, Ada Ellen read a good many books at that time which must have been far beyond . . . [her] powers. At twelve...
Education Mary Taylor
She was a pretty and an able student, often at the top of her class.
Gérin, Winifred. Charlotte Brontë: The Evolution of Genius. Clarendon Press.
Taylor, Mary. Mary Taylor, Friend of Charlotte Brontë: Letters from New Zealand and Elsewhere. Editor Stevens, Joan, Auckland University Press; Oxford University Press.
She was also an independent thinker: Miss Wooler suggested that, having finished the year's lessons, MT should memorize...
Intertextuality and Influence Anna Maria Mackenzie
The title-page quotes Hugh Blair on the blend in life of good with evil, and of how the evils of a guilty conscience eclipse those of poverty, disease or violence.
Mackenzie, Anna Maria. Feudal Events. Minerva Press (William Lane).
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This is another...
Intertextuality and Influence Emma Parker
EP says she has studied to avoid a dictatorial tone . . . considering herself rather as one of those [women] she is addressing.
Parker, Emma. Important Trifles. T. Egerton.
Feminist Companion Archive.
She writes as a strong-minded Christian, and makes use of...
Textual Features Anne Grant
AG is a conscious artist as a letter-writer, playing with the influence not only of Richardson but also, in later years, of Hugh Blair 's Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres. The earliest letters...
Textual Production Medora Gordon Byron
It was in four volumes, from the Minerva Press , with a quotation from Francis Bacon on the title-page, and further chapter-headings from Shakespeare , Swift , Prior , Thomson , Goldsmith , Edward Young
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Anne Grant
Her range of literary reference and comment is wide: as well as Richardson (whose Clarissa she unequivocally praises),
Grant, Anne. Letters from the Mountains. Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme.
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it encompasses Blair , Sterne and Smollett as travel-writers, and Homer . Grant charges Samuel Johnson


27 April 1762: The chair of Rhetoric to which Hugh Blair...

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27 April 1762

The chair of Rhetoric to which Hugh Blair (1718-1800) had been appointed at Edinburgh in 1760 was converted to a Regius Professorship of Rhetoric and Belles Lettres.

9 March 1776: Adam Smith published An Inquiry into the...

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9 March 1776

Adam Smith published An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Sales were much higher than expected by the publisher, William Strahan , who had produced a print-run of 500...

8 February 1777: The first volume appeared in Edinburgh of...

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8 February 1777

The first volume appeared in Edinburgh of Hugh Blair 's five volumes of exquisitely sentimental
Buchan, James. “That sh—te Creech”. London Review of Books, pp. 13-14.
and extraordinarily popular
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Sermons. London publication followed on 15 April.

1783: Hugh Blair published Lectures on Rhetoric...

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Hugh Blair published Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres.


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