1. Introduction ; 2. A Young Man of Brilliant Parts ; 3. Removed to the University ; 4. Between the University and the Temple ; 5. Advancing the Interests of the College ; 6. The General Benefit of the University at Large ; 7. An Active, Enterprising Genius ; 8. A More Public Scene ; 9. Hope of Advancement ; 10. A Great and Able Lawyer ; 11. The Temper of the Times ; 12. At the point he always wished for ; 13. Useful and Agreeable ; 14. Conclusion ; APPENDIXES ; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ; BIBLIOGRAPHY
Born in Melbourne of English parents, Wilfrid Prest was educated at the universities of Melbourne and Oxford; after a brief spell as a publishing trainee he returned to a lectureship in history at the University of Adelaide, where he has spent most of his academic career, apart from two years as Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University, and visiting positions at All Souls College Oxford, Clare Hall Cambridge, Princeton University, St Andrew's University, and the Australian National University. From 2002-2007 he held an Australian Research Council fellowship for a project on the life and works of William Blackstone at the University of Adelaide, where he is currently Professor Emeritus and Visiting Research Fellow in History and Law.
...a splendidly controlled and fascinating story of a major historical figure who has never had anything like such treatment before...richly documented, unwaveringly fair but never constrained by the relative lack of personal sources, and above all judicious, indeed magisterial, albeit with numerous human touches... Professor Paul Langford, Lincoln College, Oxford