Is the OED using a citation from James Russell Lowell that is a plagiary?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Sep 7 17:46:01 UTC 2007

Thanks, Ben.  Many ingenious gentlemen wrote for encyclopaedias
(iae?) at the time -- I have learned that Robert R. ('Chancellor')
Livingston of New York wrote on American agriculture in the first
American edition of the Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, about 1830.


At 9/7/2007 11:57 AM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
>On 9/7/07, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
> > Now -- did perhaps Lowell write the 12-page Cyclopaedia article on
> > Dante?  We know (or at least I vaguely remember!) that Lowell put
> > considerable effort into translating Dante (was his translation of
> > the Inferno never published?); perhaps he was invited to contribute
> > to the Cyclopaedia.  This volume, at least, does not credit its
> contributors.
>Looks like he did in fact write the article. From a review of the
>Cyclopaedia in the Atlantic Monthly (April 1863, p. 521):
>"Professor Lowell's 'Dante,' ... and many others we might name, are
>admirable specimens of literary composition."

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