The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
Volume XIV. The Victorian Age, Part Two.

II. Historians, Biographers and Political Orators

§ 42. Sir A. C. Lyall

Of later writings, a penetrating insight into the course of Indian history, as a whole, distinguishes those of Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall, whose imaginative, as well as philosophical, mind could not rest content with viewing such a subject as India, with which a long and distinguished official career had familiarised him, under its political, or under any one exclusive, aspect only. His Rise and Expansion of the British Dominion in India (1893) grew, as it passed through many editions, into an important work of research; he also wrote a short life of Warren Hastings, and a full biography of Lord Dufferin. His Asiatic Studies deals chiefly with Hindu religion in its successive phases.