Eric Alfred Havelock

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  • Daniel R. Fredrick (Eckerd College )

Born in London on June 3, 1903, raised in Scotland, educated at Cambridge, tenured at Harvard and Yale, Eric Alfred Havelock was one of the great contributors to the study of classics, communication, orality and literacy, and composition and rhetoric. Havelock is especially esteemed by scholars in classical rhetoric, as well as orality and literacy, who find The Muse Learns To Write and Preface to Plato to be landmark texts in the discipline. What follows is a short explication of Havelock's most noteworthy work, Preface to Plato.

In 1963 Havelock asserted an astonishing thesis in his Preface to Plato, that Plato's Republic is not so much about politics as it is about education, …

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Fredrick, Daniel R.. "Eric Alfred Havelock ". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 February 2008
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