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Walter William Skeat (1835-1912)

image of grey haired man in academic gown, Walter William SkeatWalter William SkeatSkeat was another prolific literary scholar whose library enriched the collections at King’s.

When young, Skeat attended King’s College School in the Strand.

He was teaching mathematics at Christ’s College Cambridge when Furnivall recruited him to edit early texts.

titlepage of book Shakespeare's Plutarch being a selection from The Lives in North's Plutarch which illustrate Shakespeare's Plays edited by the Rev Walter W Skeat, London 1875Shakespeare’s Plutarch edited by SkeatSkeat’s contribution was prolific, and included work on Shakespeare’s Plutarch, though he is best remembered for his work on the origins of words for the Oxford English Dictionary

He also produced an etymological dictionary and a dialect dictionary.

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