Eric Robertson Dodds
1893-1979 [usually E. R. Dodds]; b. Belfast, ed. Campbell College, Belfast,
and in Scotland, Dublin, and Balliol Colelge, Oxford; taught classics
at Reading where he became friend of Louis MacNeice, and later his executor;
Chair of Greek at Oxford, 1936-1960; President of Society for Psychical
Research, 1961-63; lectured on Swans Hellenic Cruises in the 1960s;
also friend of Auden and Stephen MacKenna, whose Journals and Letters
he edited; ed. MacNiece, The Strings are False and Collected
Poems; published Selected Passages Illustrating Neo-Platonism (1923); The Greeks and the Irrational (1951); The Ancient Concept of
Progress and Other Essays on Greek Literature and Belief (1973); also
an autobiography, Missing Persons (1979), which won the Duff Cooper
Award. DIW DUB FDA
ed., The Darling of My Heart (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1994), incls. When the ecstatic body grips [...] .
Louis MacNeice: In his character as Boyce, Dodds is described as Twinkling Greek wisdom in his potting shed,
in McNeices Autumn Sequel (1954).