The New Student's Reference Work/Arnold, Sir Edwin

Ar'nold, Sir Edwin, an English poet, scholar and journalist, was born June 10 1832, the son of a Sussex magistrate. He studied at Rochester and at King's College, London; was elected to a scholarship at University College, Oxford, where he won the Newdigate prize by a poem on Belshazzar's Feast. He taught at Birmingham, and was principal of the government Sanskrit College, at Poona, India. In 1861 he became one of the editors of the Daily Telegraph, London; and in connection with it, to him was largely due the sending of Mr. George Smith to Assyria for exploratory purposes and of Stanley to Lake Victoria and down the Congo. His writings, chiefly poems, include: The Indian Song of Songs, Indian Poetry, Pearls of the Faith, The Song Celestial, The Light of Asia and The Light of the World. He died March 24, 1904.