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Murray, Gilbert

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(1866-1957) Australian-born classical scholar, in UK from 1877, best known for his many translations from the Greek classic drama, for his Utopian sense that contemporary society could be changed by persuasion (justified in the case of women's suffrage) and for seminal studies such as The Rise of the Greek Epic (1907) and Four Stages of Greek Religion (1912). The Future of the British Empire in Relation to the League of Nations (1928 chap) anticipates in gentlemanly cadences the possibility of World War Two. His only substantial work of fiction, Gobi or Shamo: A Story of Three Songs (1889), as by G G A Murray, is a Lost-Race tale featuring a race of Hellenes whose ethical precepts are unsparingly ancient but who have also mastered Weapons of mass destruction. [JC]

George Gilbert Aimé Murray

born Sydney, New South Wales: 2 January 1866

died Oxford, Oxfordshire: 20 May 1957


nonfiction (highly selected)


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