Letter in Latin from Otto Skutsch to Alfred Edward Housman.
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- ReferenceGB 103 MS ADD 166
- Dates of Creation1934
- Language of MaterialLatin
- Physical Description1 letter with transcripts
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Administrative / Biographical History
Otto Skutsch was born on 6 Dec 1906 in Wroclaw, Lower Silesia, the son of Latinist Skutsch Franz. Skutsch studied Classical Philology at the Universities of Breslau, Kiel, Berlin and Gttingen. Among his teachers were Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, Felix Jacoby and Eduard Fraenkel. In 1931 Skutsch received his doctorate from Gttingen, and was awarded a scholarship to work on Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich. However, in 1934, Skutsch's scholarship was not renewed because of his Jewish origins. With the help of Houston James Baxter, a professor of church history at St. Andrews, Skutsch emigrated in November 1934 to Scotland, where he remained until 1938. In St Andrews he assisted Alexander Souter with the preparation of Souter's Glossary of Later Latin.
After a year as an assistant at Queen's University in Belfast, Skutsch moved with his British wife Gilian Stewart to Manchester. From 1939-1951 he taught at Victoria University of Manchester. In 1946 he took British citizenship, and in 1951 he rwas appointed Professor of Classical Philology at University College London.
Skutsch was awarded honorary doctorates from the universities of Padua and St Andrews, and was an honorary member of the British Academy of Sciences.
Alfred Edward Housman was born in 1859. He was educated at Bromsgrove School, 1870-1877, and St John's College Oxford, 1877. He left with first class honours in classical moderations, 1879 and took his MA. Afterwards he worked at home for the civil service examination and helped his former headmaster with teaching. He held a post as Higher Division Clerk in the Patent Office, London, 1882-1892 and also found time for classical study and published his first paper, on Horace, 1882. In 1889 he became a member of the Cambridge Philological Society and was appointed Professor of Latin, University College London, 1892-1911. He was Professor of Latin, Cambridge University, and Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge from 1911, and an Honorary Fellow of St John's College Oxford, 1911.
His publications after 1892 were largely concerned with Latin, rather than Greek, and included works on the chief Latin poets from Lucilius to Juvenal, particularly Propertius, Ovid and Manilius. His first published verse was in 'A Shropshire Lad' in 1896. From 1932 he was in poor health. He was Leslie Stephen lecturer at Cambridge in 1932 and delivered a lecture on 'The Name and Nature of Poetry' in 1933. In 1936 he refused the Order of Merit and died later that year.
Numerous publications on Housman include Laurence Housman's 'A E H' (1937). Publications of A E Houseman's own work include: 'A Shropshire Lad' (1896); 'Last Poems' (1922); 'More Poems' (1936) and 'Collected Poems' (1939), published posthumously; editions of classical authors including Manilius Books I-V (1903-1930); various papers on classical subjects in the 'Journal of Philology', 'Classical Review', 'Proceedings' and 'Transactions' of the Cambridge Philological Society, 'American Journal of Philology' and elsewhere.
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