The Race of Time: Three Lectures on Renaissance Historiography
Professor Baker recounts and analyses the relations of the English Renaissance historians to other writers of their time and to the historians of later ages. Supported and enlivened with a wealth of quotation from the historians themselves, their critics and their colleagues, The Race of Time illuminates the problems of historiography in an age when academic freedom was always subservient to the national interest, to the sensitivity of rulers, to the prevalence of legends, and to the envy of contemporaries.
- Series: Alexander Lectures
- World Rights
- Page Count: 112 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.3in x 9.0in
Reviews‘…solid erudition, clear, lively writing, reliance on primary sources, and attention to the intellectual and literary activities of the period.’
Choice‘Because the mind of its author is erudite, witty, and equally at home in historical writing and belles-lettres, this delightful book illuminates much more than its announced subject, historiography.’
‘…a well written, brief, stimulating introduction to an important topic. This is a popular work of the best type and will be of interest to general readers as well as to students.’
Hershel Baker was born in Texas and educated at Harvard, where he taught as Francis Lee Higgonson Professor of English Literature. His publications include John Philip Kemble, The Dignity of Man, The Wars of Truth, William Hazlitt, and (in collaboration with the late Hyder Rollins) The Renaissance in England.
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