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HE authorities for these notes, in addition to the biograph
Tauthor bit fographical notes scattered through various
anthologies and volumes of selections, are, Victorian Poets, by Edmund Clarence Stedman, eleventh edition, 1886; English Poetesses, by Eric S. Robertson; Celebrities of the Century, edited by Lloyd Sanders, 1887; Men of the Reign, 1885, and Men of the Time, twelfth edition, 1887, both edited by Thomas Humphry Ward.
The authors marked with an asterisk (*) are still (1887) living.
*ARNOLD, EDWIN, C. S. I. (1832). Educated at King's College, London, and University College, Oxford, where in 1852 he won the Newdigate prize by his English poem, The Feast of Belshazzar. Shortly after his graduation in honors in 1854 he was appointed Principal of the Government Sanscrit College at Poona, in the Bombay Presidency, and Fellow of the University of Bombay. He resigned this position in 1861 to become connected with The Daily Telegraph, of which he has been editor for many years. As editor of this paper he arranged in 1873 the expedition of Mr. George Smith to conduct the excavation at Kouyunjik on the site of Nineveh, and a year later the expedition of Mr. Henry M. Stanley to Africa, which was undertaken at the joint expense of. The Daily Telegraph and New York Herald. He is an accomplished Sanscrit scholar, and upon the proclamation of the Queen as Empress of India he was named a Companion of the Star of
India. Out of regard for his Light of Asia, the King of Siam decorated him with the Order of the White Elephant, and in 1876 he received the Second Class of the Imperial Order of the Medjidie from the Sultan. He has published Griselda (Drama), 1856; Hero and Leander, translation from the Greek of Musaus, 1874; The Indian Song of Songs, a metrical paraphrase from the Sanscrit of The Gita Govinda of Jayadeva, 1875; The Light of Asia, 1879; Pearls of the Faith, 1883; Indian Idyls, a metrical translation from the Sanscrit of The Mahabharata, 1883; The Secret of Death (translation from the Sanscrit) and other Poems, 1885; The Song Celestial, a metrical translation from the Sanscrit of the Mahabharata, 1885.
*ARNOLD, MATTHEW, LL. D. (1822). Son of the famous Dr. Arnold of Rugby, and born at Laleham near Staines. He was educated at Winchester and Rugby, and elected Scholar of Balliol College, Oxford, in 1840. Three years later he won the Newdigate prize for English verse by his poem Cromwell, graduated in honors a year afterwards, and was elected Fellow of Oriel College in 1845. In 1847 the third Lord Lansdowne nominated him his private secretary, and he continued to act in that capacity until 1851, when he was appointed Lay Inspector of Schools under the Committee of Council on Education. In connection with his official duties he visited the Continent in 1859, and the researches made in this and a subsequent visit led to the publication of a valuable volume on continental methods of education. In 1857 he was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford, which chair he occupied for a period of ten years. In 1869 he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Edinburgh, and a year afterwards from Oxford, and in 1871 the Order of Commander of the Crown of Italy was conferred on him by the King of Italy in acknowledgment of his care of the young Duke of Genoa, who lived in Mr. Arnold's family while pursuing his studies in England. In 1883-84 he made a lecturing tour in the United States, and in 1886 he resigned the position of Lay Inspector which he had held for nearly thirty-five years. His poetical publications are: The Strayed Reveller and other Poems, 1848; Empedocles and other Poems, 1853; Merope, a tragedy after the antique, 1867; New Poems, 1869.