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Whitley Stokes (1830-1909): The Lost Celtic Notebooks Rediscovered Dáibhí Ó Cróinín

Whitley Stokes (1830-1909): The Lost Celtic Notebooks Rediscovered

Dáibhí Ó Cróinín

Published May 16th 2011
ISBN : 9781846821745
Hardcover
156 pages
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Whitley Stokes was described as the greatest of living Celtic philologists. An equity draughtsman and conveyancer by trade, during his spare time he studied philology with Rudolf Siegfried, from whom he acquired his mastery of the Celtic languagesMoreWhitley Stokes was described as the greatest of living Celtic philologists. An equity draughtsman and conveyancer by trade, during his spare time he studied philology with Rudolf Siegfried, from whom he acquired his mastery of the Celtic languages and of Sanskrit. In 1862, Stokes was sent to India where he began carving out a reputation for himself as a Celtic scholar. The discovery, by author Daibhi O Croinin, of all Stokess 150 working Celtic notebooks, unnoticed since 1919 in the University Library, Leipzig, has only now revealed the extent of Stokess astonishing industry in his later years, and makes available the previously lost manuscript notebooks. Readers will be able to follow the course of his 50-year career and the evolution of his scholarly works as pioneer text-hunter and publisher of previously unpublished materials in Old Irish, Old Welsh, Old Cornish, and Old Breton, which all marked him out as the foremost Celtic scholar of his time.