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Life and Letters of James David Forbes
First published in 1873, this co-authored biography of the Scottish physicist, Alpine explorer, and university leader James David Forbes (1809 1868) includes extracts from Forbes' letters. John Campbell Shairp, Forbes' successor as principal of the United College of the University of St Andrews, writes of Forbes' personal, family, and professional life, including his years ...more
Paperback, 612 pages
Published March 31st 2010 by Cambridge University Press
(first published 1873)
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A tedious and long-winded biography, heavy on primary sources and light on serious analysis. The author is obsessed with lionising and praising his subject and seems oblivious to the fact that Forbes was a human being with both good and bad points to his character.