A Century of Mathematics in America by Peter Duren

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Reputations are made, not born, and they are subject to change. E. Stock's 1811 biography which downplayed Beddoes' extensive political activities. The fluctuating fortunes of a reputation, once traced and explored, can throw light on broader patterns of historical change, but this requires a sophisticated treatment of the relationship of text and context, subject and period. Ill-considered treatments find the reputation of a writer to be prey to the vagaries of 'taste', a term only marginally less obscure than that other curiosity, 'the verdict of posterity', as John Rodden has shown in his brilliant study of George Orwell (1989).

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