By Arie L. Molendijk
This quantity bargains a serious research of 1 the main bold editorial tasks of overdue Victorian Britain: the version of the fifty massive volumes of the Sacred Books of the East (1879-1910). The sequence was once edited and conceptualized by means of Friedrich Max Muller (1823-1900), a world-famous German-born philologist, orientalist, and non secular student. Muller and his influential Oxford colleagues secured monetary aid from the India workplace of the British Empire and from Oxford collage Press. Arie L. Molendijk records how the sequence has turn into a landmark within the improvement of the humanities-especially the examine of faith and language-in the second one half the 19th century. The version additionally contributed considerably to the Western conception of the "religious" or maybe "mystic" East, which used to be textually represented in English translations. The sequence used to be a token of the increase of 'big technology' and textualized the East, through identifying their 'sacred books' and bringing them lower than the facility of western scholarship.
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89 His many popular expositions did his scholarly reputation no good. 90 It is hard to say how popular Müller exactly was, but my impression is that he was one of the most publicly visible intellectuals of his day. Besides specialized works and editions, he published series of bestsellers; pirate editions of his lectures circulated, even translations were brought out before the original edition was sanctioned by Müller. His articles could be found in journals all over Europe and the United States, such as the Nineteenth Century, Blackwood’s Magazine, Contemporary Review, Cosmopolis, Fortnightly Review, Edinburgh Review, Scholarly Review, Open Court, Deutsche Revue, Quarterly Review, and Fraser’s Magazine.
I always knew it would harrow up the very core of my heart whenever it happened and so it did. So near, and yet so far off—no word, no sign between us, whose very souls cling so together. Yet thank God it has happened, for it has undeceived myself and others, who fancied it was all over. I have submitted so quietly, so cheerfully to my father’s stern will that many think the sacriﬁce was light. Few know how my whole life’s joy is gone . . He looked well and at peace. God grant that it may really be so and give me grace to trust on.
104. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 20/6/2016, SPi 28 Friedrich Max Müller and the Sacred Books of the East incident in his early Oxford years. 86 And when you read the autobiography and the biography by his wife carefully there are more signs of conﬂicts and uneasiness. Müller expected the unconditional support of his friends and asked much from his collaborators. His tact was— as far as I can judge—matched by his perseverance and power of persuasion. His Oxford colleague Mark Pattison, whom Müller respected, gave a harsh explanation of Müller’s failure to obtain the Boden chair: ‘It was due ﬁrst and chieﬂy, to his own unpopular manners and to the experience his own friends (including myself among the number) have had of his inability for real attachment.
Friedrich Max Müller and the Sacred Books of the East by Arie L. Molendijk