Hugh Blair Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Hill, John. An Account of the Life ami Writings of Hugh Blair, D. D. Philadelphia: James Humphreys, 1808, 229 p.

Discusses Blair "as a Critic, as a Preacher, and as a Man" and compares him to other distinguished preachers in Great Britain and France.

Schmitz, Robert Morell. Hugh Blair. Morningside Heights, N.Y.: King's Crown Press, 1948, 162 p.

Standard biography that includes an account of Blair's role in the authorship controversy that surrounded James Macpherson's translations of the poems of Ossian. Contains a comprehensive bibliography of references and the canon of Blair's work.


Berlin, James A. "John Genung and Contemporary Composition Theory: The Triumph of the Eighteenth Century." Rhetoric Society Quarterly 11, No. 2 (Spring 1981): 74-84.

Maintains that Genung, a teacher of literature and composition at Amherst from 1882 to 1917, relied on the work of Blair, George Campbell, and Richard Whately for both his conception of rhetoric and the content of his textbook, Practical Elements of Rhetoric, which serves as a model for contemporary college texts.

Covino, William A. "Blair, Byron, and the Psychology of Reading." Rhetoric Society Quarterly 11, No. 4 (Fall 1981): 236-42.

Contrasts Blair's "principles of unity, perspicuity, and closure" with the "systematic aversion to any unified literary form" demonstrated in Byron's epic poem Don Juan.

Warnick, Barbara. "Charles Rollin's Traite and the Rhetorical Theories of Smith, Campbell, and Blair." Rhetorica 3, No. 1 (Winter 1985): 45-65.

Discusses Rollin's seventeenth-century rhetorical theory and examines its influence on the works of his English successors Adam Smith, George Campbell, and Blair.