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Gilbert Murray ReassessedHellenism, Theatre, and International Politics$
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Christopher Stray

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199208791

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208791.001.0001

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‘Yours Obediently, Gilbert Murray’: Letters to The Times

‘Yours Obediently, Gilbert Murray’: Letters to The Times

(p.319) 15 ‘Yours Obediently, Gilbert Murray’: Letters to The Times
Gilbert Murray Reassessed

William Bruneau

Russell Wodell

Oxford University Press

Gilbert Murray wrote or co-signed almost three hundred letters to the Editor of The Times. His topics ranged from Liberal politics and the League of Nations to reform of the national diet, simplification of English spelling, the humane treatment of animals, and the banning of smoking in cinemas. Excerpts from this formidable corpus suggests the range of Murray's epistolary art, force of argument, ready literary technique, and dry wit. To encourage reassessment of Murray as writer-activist, this chapter reviews letters illustrating Murray's hard-won eminence as professor, writer, Hellenist, politician, and citizen.

Keywords:   Gilbert Murray, letters to the Editor, The Times, Liberal politics, League of Nations, Hellenist

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