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Meet our Authors: D. Antoine Sutton - May 2018

D. Antoine Sutton (DMin.) is a Pastor in the small hamlet of Red Cloud, Nebraska, in the United States. He is a Biblicist whose specialisms and reading and research interests include comparative Semitic philology; the poetry and textual criticism of A.E. Housman; astronomy in the Augustan era: specifically, the text and transmission of Manilius’ Astronomica; the origins and formation of classical Islam; Muslim historiography and theology; divinity studies during the Enlightenment; and the use of typology as a literary and theological device in the exegesis of ancient Greek and Roman poetry. He is also the editor of The Ds Commentary on Books, an academic review-bulletin, and composes poems and translations.

Antoine studied Latin as a teenager and later learned Syriac and Arabic at home and in school while residing in Amman, Jordan. During an eclectic course of study with distinguished scholars of Biblical and Islamic texts, one that included reading archaeological reports, he also acquired Hellenistic Greek, Semitic philology and Mishnaic Hebrew - as well as a reading knowledge of Turkish during an extended residence in Istanbul, Turkey. A former United States Marine and Gulf War I veteran, Antoine has travelled to over 3000 cities and is consequently a strong advocate for a cosmopolitan approach to the peoples and events of antiquity.

Antoine’s book with Cambridge Scholars, Introducing A.E. Housman (1859-1936): Preliminary Studies (2018), began its life when he realised the majority of studies on Housman introduced students to his poetry, not his classical work. Moreover, after years of carefully studying Housman’s own primary publications rather than the secondary literature about him and his writings, it became apparent to Antoine that conventional depictions of his personal life and habits were mythic, and based on unsubstantiated lore.

There was therefore a need for an accessible but detailed critical introduction to the career and writings of Housman. This book provides it, and has been described as “a brilliant tour-de-force of amazingly well-documented scholarship” by the late Douglas Tracy Smith Professor Emeritus of English at Yale University, Fred C. Robinson.


Antoine explains how he came into contact with Cambridge Scholars, and his experience of the publication process:

“I first learned of Cambridge Scholars a decade ago or so when the three volume edition Hall, Ritchie and Edwards’ P. Papinius Statius was issued. Wanting to review it, I requested a copy. Instantly I was pleased with the book's format and hardcover design. Critical research of that kind is not usually taken up by independent publishers, so it was a pleasant discovery, too, to learn that CSP published the academic work of (independent) unaffiliated scholars. For that reason, upon finishing the reconstruction of a few of my Housman essays, I submitted a proposal, one which CSP found suitable to their publishing aims.

In the earliest stages the editorial team put me on the right track, and provided assistance that was valuable. Questions were answered promptly and special concerns of mine were adequately handled. CSP provides its readership with professional volumes of a varied nature. Irenic and polemic scholarship is not shunned, but several of their academic publications offer perspectives that may not often be available from other academic presses. On account of that procedure particularly, CSP sets notable benchmarks that are not duplicated by other publishers. I am pleased and would recommend them to other scholars without hesitation!


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Antoine’s book, Introducing A.E. Housman (1859-1936): Preliminary Studies. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAY18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th June 2018.


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