Maurice Platnauer, review of John Jackson, Marginalia Scaenica
(London: Oxford University Press, 1955), in Classical Review
6.2 (June, 1956) 112-115 (at 112):
The greater part of Jackson's life was spent not in the studious seclusion of a university but in a remote
village in the wilds of Cumberland, where he managed his mother's farm, his
reading and writing being of necessity done on his return from the day's work.
He was further inhibited by having no public library to which to go for new
editions or books of reference, and by the fact that his own texts and commentaries
were neither very numerous nor always up to date; yet he has produced a collected
body of emendations the like of which, at least for brilliance
and ingenuity, has not seen the light of day since the publication of Madvig's
Adversaria and Cobet's Variae and Novae Lectiones more than a century ago.