The Chronicle Revisits a “Rogue Scholar”

by Shaun Manning on January 26, 2012

cover of "Rogue Scholar" (an orange skull)Richard W. Bailey’s 2003 book, Rogue Scholar: The Sinister Life and Celebrated Death of Edward H. Rulloff, has inspired a post on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Lingua Franca blog. “Edward H. Rulloff was so well-known in his time that he was the subject of two contemporary biographies,” blogger Alan Metcalf notes, but Rulloff’s name has been scrubbed from the field of linguistics due to his other career–a life of crime–which ultimately led to his execution, cutting short his research on what Rulloff promised would be a revolutionary new philological theory.

Read the whole post over at the Chronicle, or check out Bailey’s book for the whole sordid story!

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