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Friedrich Max Müller and the Sacred Books of the East$
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Arie L. Molendijk

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198784234

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198784234.001.0001

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The Right Honourable Max Müller

The Right Honourable Max Müller

(p.9) 1 The Right Honourable Max Müller
Friedrich Max Müller and the Sacred Books of the East

Arie L. Molendijk

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1, ‘The Right Honourable Max Müller’, consists of an analysis of the life and work of Friedrich Max Müller and explores his extraordinary influence as one of the most prominent public intellectuals of his time. The discussion is organized around thematic aspects such as prestige, personality, way of working, controversies, fields of work, and personal networks in the metropolis and the Orient. Müller was able to synthesize a variety of perspectives and did not hesitate to rephrase and readjust his views, which led to quite a lot of criticism and even ridicule. He was a wheeler-dealer, a scholar, a sage, and a successful entrepreneur at the same time. Two of his major achievements are editions—the Rig-Veda (one of the fundamental texts of Hinduism) and the Sacred Books of the East—which both testify to his great intellectual and practical skills.

Keywords:   biography, autobiography, Georgina Adelaide Grenfell (wife of Max Müller), Romantic ideal of love, edition of the Rig-Veda, Boden chair, publications, history of linguistics, Ding Dong Theory, reputation

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