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- DescriptionThis is the first full-length biography of the eminent Victorian scholar. Few Western scholars of the Middle East have exerted such profound influence as Edward William Lane. Lane's Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians (1836), which has never gone out of print, remains as a highly authoritative study of Middle Eastern society. His antated translation of the Arabian Nights (1839-41) retains a devoted readership. Lane's recently recovered and published Description of Egypt (2000) shows that he was a pioneering Egyptologist as well as orientalist. The capstone of his career, the definitive Arabic-English Lexicon (1863-93), is an indispensable reference tool. Yet, despite his extraordinary influence, little was kwn about Lane and virtually thing about how he did his work. Now, in the first full-length biography, Lane's life and accomplishments are examined in full, including his crucial years of field work in Egypt, revealing the life of a great Victorian scholar and presenting a fascinating episode in east-west encounter, interaction, and representation.
- Author BiographyJASON THOMPSON is the editor of Edward William Lane's Description of Egypt (AUC Press, 2000) and An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians (AUC Press, 2003), and the author of Sir Gardiner Wilkinson and His Circle and A History of Egypt: From Earliest Times to the Present (AUC Press, 2008).
- Author(s)Jason Thompson
- PublisherThe American University in Cairo Press
- Date of Publication15/01/2010
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationCairo
- Country of PublicationEgypt
- ImprintThe American University in Cairo Press
- Content Note60 illustrations
- Weight1179 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine61 mm
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