Mossner's Life of David Hume remains the standard biography of this great thinker and writer.
First published in 1954, and updated in 1980, it is now reissued in paperback, in response to increased interest in Hume.
E. C. Mossner was Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. 'Mossner's work is a quite remarkable scholarly achievement; it will be an indispensable tool for Hume scholars and a treasure-trove of information for all students of the intellectual and literary history of the eighteenth century' Richard H.
Popkin in the Philological Quarterly'This magnificent and exemplary work...has more than a biographical value.
It is a study of intellectual reaction in the eighteenth century: a book for many readers, and not only for those of a philosophical turn.' C.
E. Vulliamy in The Observer'This is the work of a man thoroughly in love with his subject...this biography is the product of long and happy research.
The length and the happiness both contribute to its merits.' The Times Literary Supplement