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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 Making of a Series

The Making of a Series

(p.41) 2 The Making of a Series
Friedrich Max Müller and the Sacred Books of the East

Arie L. Molendijk

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2, ‘The Making of a Series’, focuses on how Max Müller conceptualized and initiated the Sacred Books of the East series. The initial idea and the aims of the project, as well as the way in which Müller convinced donors to commit to the undertaking, are analysed here. More specifically, Müller’s power play (allegedly he had offers from foreign academies to edit the series), the sources of inspiration for the project, the contract and pay, the prospectus, the dedication and motto, and the progress and continuation of the series are discussed. The selection of contributors and texts is dealt with in the second part of the chapter. With the possible exception of James Legge, with whom Müller spoke about the project in general, the contributors were mainly concerned with their own translations.

Keywords:   Sacred Books of the East, Oxford University Press, India Office of the British Empire, William Beveridge, James Legge, world religions, Confucianism, Daoism, translation, indexing

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