An unfinished autobiography by Gilbert Murray

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Thompson's in the Proceedings of the British Academy, will have given a picture of Murray partly by his own hand, and partly by the hands of friends who have been able to write with first-hand knowledge. -8- CONTENTS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS page 5 FOREWORD 7 A. J. Toynbee INTRODUCTION 13 E. R. Dodds PART I 1. AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL FRAGMENT 23 Gilbert Murray 2. 1889-1957: SOME PERSONAL AND CHRONOLOGICAL NOTES 104 Jean Smith 3. TWO GREEK VERSIONS FROM MODERN ENGLISH 117 Gilbert Murray PART II 4. THE TEACHER OF GREEK 125 Isobel Henderson 5.

So I went out twice a week with the gardener, my friend Bill Bucknell, taking a saloon pistol and firing so many shots at a target -- never at live things. My father himself was a famous shot. He shot game with a rifle, despising a shotgun as a weapon for bunglers, which was apt to wound more birds than it killed. I saw him once bring down with a rifle a black cockatoo, almost as big as an eagle and a long way off. My early remembrances are of large houses and grounds in the suburbs of Sydney, especially one at Darling Point and one at Rose Bay, but the houses grew smaller and smaller as my father grew poorer -- much as houses do now for similar reasons.

Terry did make a soldier, all the same. -36- I wonder also whether it was some remnant of the atmosphere left by the Penal Laws which prevented my grandfather from sending my father to a university, for he was evidently a good student with a taste for classics. I once saw a copy of Greek iambics for which he had won a prize offered to Irish schools by some authority in Dublin. It was among some old papers, now lost, in the possession of my brother Aubrey. However, when he had finished his time at school the Paymaster sent for him to Sydney.

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