North American Scholar

ANDERSON, Frank Eustace

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1844-11-02
  • Born City: Goff's Falls
  • Born State/Country: NH
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1880-07-15
  • Death City: Leipzig
  • Death State/Country: Germany
  • Education:

    A.B. Harvard, 1865; M.A. Cambridge (Trinity College), 1869; study at Heidelberg and Berlin.

  • Professional Experience:

    Tutor to asst. prof. Harvard, 1870-78.

  • Publications:

    "Goodwin's Greek Grammar," North American Review no. 231 (Apr. 1871)426-9.

  • Notes:

    Frank E. Anderson, Paul Shorey's favorite Greek instructor at Harvard, had a tragically short but brilliant career. After graduating with high honors from Harvard, he went off to Cambridge, where, as William Everett wrote, "His single-hearted devotion to classical study was somewhat weakened by the fascinating social atmosphere of Trinity, and he paid much attention to the philosophical and social problems of the day, as investigated in the famous club of the Cambridge 'Apostles' " (AJP 1 [1880] 511-512). Of his teaching, Everett wrote, "Greek as taught by him was not a dead language. It was alive, not through any gushing aestheticism, or uncritical perusal; but alive because taught thoroughly, and brought in all its parts—critical, grammatical, literary, historical—right to the inmost minds of his pupils." He also championed American classical study abroad, and it was "unquestionably through him that the Hellenists of England first became aware of the immense addition to their resources made by Professor [William Watson] Goodwin, and convinced of the serious defects in their own training."

  • Sources:

    William Everett, "The Late Frank Eustace Anderson" AJP 1 (1880) 511-2, reprinted from the Boston Daily Advertiser, reprinted by Everett in the Harvard College Class of 1865 (6th Report) (Cambridge, 1885).

  • Author: John Francis Latimer