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Matthew Arnold (1822–1888)

Arnold, Matthew. An eminent English poet, critic, and essayist; born at Laleham, Dec. 24, 1822; died in Liverpool, April 15, 1888. He graduated at Oxford in 1844, and was professor of poetry there from 1857 to 1867. He was government inspector of schools from 1851, and repeatedly visited the Continent to inquire into and report upon systems of education. In 1883–84 he made a lecturing tour through the United States. His works include: ‘The Strayed Reveler, and Other Poems’ (1849); ‘Empedocles on Etna’ (1852); ‘Merope,’ a tragedy (1858); ‘New Poems’ (1867). His prose writings comprise: ‘Essays in Criticism’ (1865, 2d series 1888); ‘On Translating Homer’ (1861); ‘Lectures on the Study of Celtic Literature’ (1867); ‘Culture and Anarchy’ (1869); ‘Friendship’s Garland’ (1871), a humorous work; ‘Literature and Dogma’ (1873); ‘Last Essays on Church and Religion’ (1877); ‘Mixed Essays’ (1879); ‘Irish Essays’ (1882); and ‘Discourses in America’ (1885). (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).