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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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Scholar and Man of Letters

Scholar and Man of Letters

(p.441) 22 Scholar and Man of Letters
Edward William Lane 1801–1876

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

An aura of achievement surrounded Edward William Lane. He became known as “Egyptian Lane”, Britain's foremost authority on the modern Near East. His personal charm was what people noticed. Everyone liked him. It is too easy to infer from his lifestyle in later years that Lane was a natural recluse, devoid of social skills; in fact, he was the opposite. Few could know Lane without seeking to be his friend and his worth was not that of an uncut diamond. The courtesy and grace of his manners were conspicuous. Lane would have become quite a figure on the Victorian intellectual scene, but self-promotion was never part of his personality, and he had little interest in personal glory. Lane supervised the finances, receiving funds from Hay and doling out payments to Bonomi as they were due, but his involvement in the actual business was small and required no close supervision.

Keywords:   Edward William Lane, recluse, Victorian, Bonomi, scholar

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