North American Scholar

ADAMS, Sinclair MacLardy

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1891-04-05
  • Born City: London
  • Born State/Country: ON
  • Parents: Charles Francis & Sarah Isabel MacLardy A.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1960-06-09
  • Death City: Toronto
  • Death State/Country: ON
  • Married: Valerie Dell Waddington, 22 Aug. 1925.
  • Education:

    B.A. Trinity Coll., U. Toronto, 1913; M.A., 1919.

  • Professional Experience:

    Class, mstr. Appleby College (Oakville, ON), 1915-9; prof. Gk. & librarian Trinity Coll., U. Toronto, 1919-58.

  • Publications:

    "The Religious Thought of Aeschylus," Can. Jour, of Religious Thought 6 (1929) 309-16; "Aeschylus, Agamemnon 50," CR 44 (1930) 162-3; "The Burial of Polyneices," CR 45 (1931) 110-1; "Hesiod's Pandora," CR 46 (1932) 193-6; "The Four Elements in the Prometheus Vinctus," CP 28 (1933) 97-103; "The Sophoclean Orestes," CR 47 (1933) 209-10; "Two Plays of Euripides: I. The Finals Scene of the Hippolytus; II. Orestes in the Electro," CR 49 (1935) 118-22; "Roman Comedy," U. T. Quarterly 7 (1938) 514-31; "Salamis Symphony: The Persae of Aeschylus," Studies Norwood, 46-54; "Unity of Plot in the Oedipus Coloneus," Phoenix 7 (1953) 136-47; "Notes on Aeschylus' Agamemnon and Sophocles' Antigone," CR n.s. 5 (1955) 132-4; "Pindar and the Origin of Tragedy," Phoenix 9 (1955) 170-4; "The Antigone of Sophocles," Phoenix 9 (1955) 47-62; "The Ajax of Sophocles," Phoenix 9 (1955) 93-110; Sophocles the Playwright, Phoenix Suppl. 3 (Toronto, 1957).

  • Notes:

    Adams was a meticulous, demanding guide and an inspiration for his students at Trinity College, Toronto. His Phoenix volume, Sophocles the Playwright was the product of careful and prolonged reflection, a token of lifelong study and savoring of his favorite classical author. Adams taught in the congenial, always respected company of Gilbert Norwood and Eric Trevor Owen, his contemporaries at Toronto. Adams' lectures, delivered with an idiosyncratic blend of diffidence, firmness, and acuity, influenced a host of grateful students and scholars.

  • Sources:

    G. M. A. Grube, Phoenix 14 (1960) 125-6; WhWhCan 1951-2:1271.

  • Author: Alexander G. McKay