Reading Plutarch, Writing Lives

Jessica Martin

in Walton’s Lives

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780198270157
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683930 | DOI:

Series: Walton’s Lives

Reading Plutarch, Writing Lives

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It has been shown how Izaak Walton quotes Plutarch in Lives and borrows certain situations and images from him. It can be deduced that Walton evidently read Plutarch. Walton's characters were set up in such a way that followed a parallel from Plutarch. As such, Plutarch is one of the apparent classical influences in the earlier endeavours of modern biography. In discussing Plutarch's influence, this chapter attempts to look into how Walton integrated circumstantial suggestions of Plutarch's models. John Foxe proves to be the other prominent biographical precursor, and this chapter finds that writer Samuel Clarke gives much authoritative reference to Foxe. However, contemporaries often compare both Walton and Clarke to Plutarch.

Keywords: Izaak Walton; Plutarch; Lives; John Foxe; Samuel Clarke; characters; Plutarchan parallel

Chapter.  13583 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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