See also:English man of letters, the son of a schoolmaster, was
See also:born at Kennoway, Fifeshire, in 1798 . He studied at the university of St Andrews with the intention of entering the
See also:church, but, altering his plans, became the editor of a
See also:local newspaper, and went to
See also:London in 1824 to devote himself to literature . He became connected with a
See also:literary paper called the Verulam; in 1831 he published his Pursuit of Knowledge under Difficulties among the
See also:works of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge; he contributed a considerable number of
See also:biographical and
See also:historical articles to the
See also:Penny Cyclopaedia; and he edited the Pictorial
See also:History of England, himself writing much of the
See also:work . In 1844 he published his History of Literature and Learning in England from the Norman
See also:Conquest to the
See also:Time, illustrated by extracts . Craik is best known for his abridged version of this work, The History of English Literature and the English Language (1861), which passed through several
See also:editions . In the next
See also:year appeared his Spenser and his
See also:Poetry, an abstract of Spenser's poems, with historical and biographical notes and frequent quotations; and in 1847 his
See also:Bacon, his Writings and his Philosophy, a work of a similar kind . The two last-mentioned works appeared among Knight's Weekly Volumes . Two years later Craik obtained the
See also:chair of history and English literature at
See also:Belfast, a position which he held till his
See also:death, which took place on the 25th of
See also:June 1866 . He had married
See also:Dempster (d . 1856) in 1826, and his daughter, Georgiana Marion Craik (Mrs A . W . May), wrote over
See also:thirty novels, of which Lost and Won (1859) was the best .
Besides the works already noticed, Craik published the History of
See also:British Commerce from the Earliest Times (1844),
See also:Romance of the
See also:Peerage (1848–1850) and The English of
See also:Shakespeare (1856) .
DINAH MARIA CRAIK (1826-1887)
CRAILSHEIM, or KRAILSHEIM
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