Date of Award

Spring 1942

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




In writing this thesis my purpose has been to show the thought of Matthew Arnold as it concerned fame. What his opinion of fame was, how he identified it, and how he applied it to himself are the important questions covered in this paper. For this reason this paper has been divided primarily into three main divisions. The first chapter concerns the influence of Dr. Arnold, Matthew Arnold's father, on his son in the arousal of any desire for fame; the second chapter attempts to show the influence of Matthew Arnold's social connections, as secretary to Lord Lansdowne and later as inspector of schools, and the direction such influence took; and, the third and last chapter is limited to his comments on glory or fame, his own high regard for fame, and how he applied it to himself.