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Orientalist Jones: Sir William Jones, Poet, Lawyer, and Linguist, 1746-1794

Michael J. Franklin


Sir William Jones (1746–94), poet, philologist, polymath, polyglot, and acknowledged legislator was the foremost Orientalist of his generation and one of the greatest intellectual navigators of all time. He re–drew the map of European thought. ‘Orientalist’ Jones was an extraordinary man and an intensely colourful figure. At the age of twenty–six, Jones was elected to Dr Johnson’s Literary Club, on terms of intimacy with the metropolitan luminaries of the day. The names of his friends in Britain and India presents a roll–call of late eighteenth–century glitterati: Johnson, Hester Thrale, Eliza ... More

Keywords: Sir William Jones, Romantic Orientalism, 18th century history, radical whig, 18th century politics and patronage, British India, Hastings circle, Sanskrit literature, Indo–Persian poetry, pluralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199532001
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532001.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael J. Franklin, author
Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Swansea University