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James Beattie

Author Code: EJBT

Born: Oct. 25, 1735 - Laurencekirk, Scotland

Died: Aug. 18, 1803 - Aberdeen, Scotland

Educated at Marischal College in Aderdeen, where he graduated in 1753, Beattie took a position as a parish schoolmaster and, while there, submitted a few poetical pieces to Scots Magazine which were well-received. In 1758, he became a teacher at the Grammar School of Aberdeen and in 1760 became a professor of philosophy at Marischal College. In 1761, his earlier poems were collected and published in a single volume and were critically acclaimed. In 1765, he published Judgment of Paris and in 1767 he married Mary Dunn. In 1770, he published his Essay on Truth, which became very popular, and later that year First Book of the Minstrel appeared, being published anonymously. In spite of the wrath of the critics, it was hugely successful and ran to four editions. In 1773, he was awarded an LLD degree from Oxford University and received an annual pension of £200 from George III. In 1774, he published his Second Book of the Minstrel, which was equally successful. From this point, Beattie began to concentrate more on philosophy including his Elements of Moral Science (1793). Beattie lost both of his sons, James Hay from consumption when only 22 in 1790, and Montague, who died from a fever in 1796. These deaths devastated Beattie and in 1799 he suffered a stroke from which he never fully recovered. His other works include Poems on Several Subjects (1766), Essays on Poetry (1778), Dissertations Moral and Critical (1783), The Evidence of the Christian Religion Briefly and Plainly Stated (1786) and The Theory of Language (1788).

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EJBT001 Poetical Works
  The Battle of the Pigmies and Cranes
  Elegy
  Elegy - Written in the Year 1758
  Epitaph - Being Part of An Inscription
  Epitaph - On Two Young Men of the Name of Leitch
  An Epitaph
  Epitaph, Intended for Himself
  The Hares
  The Hermit
  The Judgment Of Paris
  To Lady Charlotte Gordon
  Law
  Life And Immortality
  The Minstrel; Or, the Progress of Genius
  Ode on Lord Hay's Birthday
  Ode to Hope
  Ode to Peace
  On the Report of A Monument to Be Erected in Westminster Abbey
  Retirement
  Song - In Imitation of Shakspeare's "Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind."
  The Triumph of Melancholy
  The Wolf and Shepherds
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