William Angus Knight

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William Angus Knight (1836–1916) was a British writer, born at Mordington, Scotland, and educated at the University of Edinburgh. From 1876 to 1902 he was professor of moral philosophy in the University of St. Andrews.[1] In the field of philosophy his work, editorial and other, includes his collection of Philosophical Classics for English Readers (15 volumes, 1880–90), some of which he wrote. Although he wrote numerous publications, he is probably best known for his works on Wordsworth. His edition of Wordsworth's Works and Life (1881–89) is contained in 11 volumes. He presented to the trustees of Dove Cottage, Grasmere, the poet's former home, all the editions of Wordsworth's poems which he possessed. He also corresponded with Robert Browning about Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and on his retirement in 1905 he came to Florence's Swiss-owned so-called English Cemetery to plant the red rose at her tomb, which still flourishes, to honour women's learning, though the enamelled plaque celebrating that act has since been stolen. His portrait was presented to St Andrews University by the Ladies Literate in Arts whose admission he encouraged.


  • Hume (1886)
  • Essays in Philosophy, Old and New (1890)
  • The Philosophy of the Beautiful (two volumes, 1891–93)
  • The Christian Ethic (1894)
  • Aspects of Theism (1894)
  • The Transactions of the Wordsworth Society (1880–86)
  • Selections from Wordsworth (1889)
  • Wordsworthiana (1889)
  • Through the Wordsworth Country (1892)
  • Wordsworth's Prose (1893)
  • The English Lake District, as Interpreted in the Poems of Wordsworth (1878–91)
  • The Works of William Wordsworth and Dorothy Wordsworth (twelve volumes, 1896–97)
  • Dove Cottage from 1800 to 1900 (1900)
  • Lord Monboddo and Some of his Contemporaries (1900)
  • Inter Amicos (1901)
  • Pro Patria et Regina (1901)
  • Retrospects (1903)
  • The Poets on Christmas (1906)
  • Things New and Old (1909)
  • The Golden Wisdom of the Apocrypha (1910)
  • The Glamour of Oxford (1911)
  • The Browning Centenary (1912)
  • An Eastern Anthology (1912)
  • Coleridge and Wordsworth in the West Country: Their Friendship, Work, and Surroundings (1914)


  1. ^ "KNIGHT, William Angus". Who's Who, 59: p. 999. 1907. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Moore, F., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead. 

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