The Life, Poems, and Letters of Peter Goldman (1587/8-1627)
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310 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

23 b/w illus.

Series: St Andrews Studies in Scottish History

Series Vol. Number: 14

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

The Life, Poems, and Letters of Peter Goldman (1587/8-1627)

A Dundee Physician in the Republic of Letters

by William Poole

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Reconstructs the life of Peter Goldman and presents a full edition and translation of his surviving poems and letters.


The Dundonian physician Peter Goldman, one of an immigrant family of merchants, was the first Scot to take a medical degree from Leiden; he then undertook research in Oxford, London, and Paris, before resettling in Dundee. An important figure in contemporary Scottish literary culture, he maintained a wide correspondence with significant intellectual figures and influenced two landmark Scottish publishing projects: the Delitiae poetarum Scotorum (1637) and the Blaeu Atlas of Scotland (1654). However, his major literary achievement was his Latin poetry, which establishes him as a unique voice of his time. His longest and most prominent work is an elegy on the deaths of four of his brothers, strikingly narrated in the voice of their lamenting mother.

This book reconstructs and provides a study of Goldman's life, career and writing. It also offers a full edition and translation of his surviving poems and letters, with accompanying commentary. Appendices provide an edited list of his remarkable library and a transcript of his testament.

WILLIAM POOLE is Galsworthy Fellow in English of New College, Oxford, where he is also Senior Tutor and Fellow Librarian. His research interests lie in early modern literary and intellectual history, and in bibliography.

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Title Details

310 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

23 b/w illus.

Series: St Andrews Studies in Scottish History

Series Vol. Number: 14

Imprint: D.S.Brewer