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Edward William Lane 1801–1876The Life of the Pioneering Egyptologist and Orientalist$
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Jason Thompson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162879

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162879.001.0001

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(p.1) Prologue
Edward William Lane 1801–1876

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

Observing “the life of a great scholar that should not be suffered to pass away into forgetfulness” is the main rationale of this brief journal written by Stanley Lane-Poole about his uncle, Edward William Lane. Edward William Lane is a British orientalist, translator and lexicographer. Most of his influential and widely cited works involve the history of Middle East studies. However, Lane-Poole did not write this for his uncle's scholarly reputation; instead, he wanted to keep the memory of Lane. Moreover, this book's structure is presented in a narrative biography form that is supported by other outlines of inquiry and prosopography.

Keywords:   Stanley Lane-Poole, Edward William Lane, orientalist, translator, lexicographer, biography, prosopography, Middle East studies

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