David Daiches (1912-2005) was the first Professor of English at the University of Sussex. His distinguished career over more than half a century encompassed Universities on both sides of the Atlantic. His publications were prolific, extending to over one hundred books, three hundred articles, media and television, plus recordings. This Celebration of His Life and Work will include essays on his literary achievements in the areas of Scottish Literature, the Novel, Poetry and New/Historical Criticism and the American connection, and the academic as populariser, by distinguished scholars and critics. The book will appeal to historians of twentieth century literary and cultural criticism, the History of twentieth-century Universities, students of Scottish and American Literature, and the relationship between the academic and journalism in the twentieth century.
William Baker is Presidential Research Professor, Department of English/ University Libraries, Northern Illinois University. He co-edits The Years Work in English Studies (OUP). Michael Lister is a writer and independent researcher who lives in Edinburgh. He regularly reviews works on Scottish literature for several literary journals, and has published various articles about David Daiches.
Introduction: The Biography; Introduction: A Personal Reflection; Michael Lister; From Two Worlds to God and the Poets: David Daiches' Role as Critical Mediator Martin Bidney; David Daiches and the Idea of a New University; Was Too: Time Passed With David Daiches; Longer Days; Bridge Building; God and the Little Poets: On David Daiches and Muriel Spark; David Daiches and John Milton; Repaying a Debt: David Daiches and Scottish Literature; David Daiches on Scottish Literature; Scottish Literature at the Crossroads: An Encouraging Voice; 'One City' of Fragments: Robert Louis Stevenson's Second (Person) City Through David Daiches' Personal Eye; Destinations of Choice: Stevenson at Vailima, Hardy at Max Gate; Daiches and the Modern; David Daiches' The Novel and the Modern World (1939) and the Reclamation of Joseph Conrad's Literary Reputation; The Allusive Hume: With Specific Reference to John Milton and Matthew Prior; David Daiches: The Family Background; Co-Ordinate Points: A Portrait of David Daiches; David Daiches: A Founding Dean of the University of Sussex; Le Bon David: A Tribute to a Unique Scholar, Critic, and Literary Historian; Looking into 'Mezeray'; David Daiches and Scotland; 'A Very Strange Plant': Carlyle, John Mitchel, and the Political Legacy of Swift; Two Medieval Hebrew Devotional Poems: Convention, Evaluation, and 'Platonic' vs. 'Metaphysical' Poetry; Separation and Synthesis: Understanding the Two Worlds of David Daiches and Jane Austen; David Daiches: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography, 1923-2006; Index.