See also:scholar and educationist, was
See also:born in Boston on the 1st of
See also:February 1825 . He graduated at Harvard in 1846, taking the highest
See also:rank in his class in all subjects; was tutor in
See also:mathematics in 1846-1848; and in 1848 was transferred to a tutorship in
See also:economy and
See also:English . After two years of study in
See also:Europe, in 1851 he succeeded
See also:Edward T . Charming as Boylston
See also:professor of rhetoric, oratory and elocution .
See also:Child studied the English drama (having edited Four Old Plays in 1848) and Germanic
See also:philology, the latter at Berlin and
See also:Gottingen during a leave of
See also:absence, 1849-18J3; and he took general editorial supervision of a large collection of the
See also:British poets, published in Boston in 1853 and following years . He edited Spenser (5 vols., Boston, 1855), and at one
See also:time planned an edition of
See also:Chaucer, but
See also:con-tented himself with a
See also:treatise, in the
See also:Memoirs of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for 1863, entitled " Observations on the Language of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales," which did much to establish Chaucerian grammar, pronunciation and scansion as now generally understood . His largest undertaking, however,
See also:grew out of an
See also:original collection, in his British Poets series, of English and Scottish
See also:Ballads, selected and edited by himself, in eight small volumes (Boston, 1857-1858) . Thence-forward the leisure of his life—much increased by his transfer, in 1876, to the new professorship of English—was devoted to the
See also:comparative study of British vernacular ballads . He ac-cumulated, in the university library, one of the largest
See also:folklore collections in existence, studied
See also:manuscript rather than printed
See also:sources, and carried his investigations into the ballads of all other tongues, meanwhile giving a sedulous but conservative
See also:hearing to popular versions still surviving . At last his final collection was published as The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, at first in ten parts (1882-1898), and then in five
See also:quarto volumes, which remain the authoritative
See also:treasury of their subject . Professor Child worked—and overworked—to the last, dying in Boston on the 1th of
See also:September 1896, having completed his task save for a general introduction and bibliography . A sympathetic
See also:sketch was prefixed to the
See also:work by his
See also:pupil and successor
See also:George L .
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