1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Minto, William

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MINTO, WILLIAM (1845–1893), Scottish man of letters, was born at Auchintoul, Aberdeenshire, on the 10th of October 1845. He was educated at Aberdeen University, and spent a year at Merton College, Oxford. He was assistant professor under Alexander Bain at Aberdeen for some years; from 1874 to 1878 he edited the Examiner, and in 1880 he was made full professor of logic and English at Aberdeen. In 1872 he published a Manual of English Prose Literature, which was distinguished by sound judgment and sympathetic appreciation; and his Characteristics of English Poets from Chaucer to Shirley (1874) showed the same high qualities. His other works include: The Literature of the Georgian Era (1894) edited with a biographical introduction by W. Knight a monograph on Defoe in the English Men of Letters series (1879); three novels of small importance, and numerous articles on literary subjects in the 9th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. He died on the 1st of March 1893.