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The English and Scottish Popular Ballads

The English and Scottish Popular Ballads
5 Volume Set in 10 Pieces


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies

  • Date Published: November 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108076395

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  • Harvard's first professor of English, the American scholar Francis James Child (1825–96) had previously prepared a collection of English and Scottish ballads, published in 1857–9, before he embarked on producing this definitive critical edition. Organised into five volumes and published in ten parts between 1882 and 1898, the work includes the text and variants of 305 ballads, with Child's detailed commentary and comparison with ballads and stories from other languages. Although he did not live to fully clarify his methods of selection and classification, modern scholars still refer to the 'Child Ballads' as an essential resource in the study of folk songs and stories in the English language. The work also contains a helpful glossary of archaic terms, a long list of sources, musical scores for 46 of the ballads, indexes, and a bibliography.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108076395
    • length: 2830 pages
    • dimensions: 297 x 210 mm
    • weight: 6.86kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1, Part 1: Advertisement to Part II
    Advertisement to Part II
    Complete contents
    Francis James Child
    Ballads 1-28. Volume 1, Part 2: Advertisement
    Ballads 29-53
    Additions and corrections. Volume 2, Part 1: Ballads 54-82. Volume 2, Part 2: Advertisement
    Ballads 83-113
    Additions and corrections. Volume 3, Part 1: Advertisement to Part V
    Advertisement to Part VI
    Ballads 114-155. Volume 3, Part 2: Advertisement
    Ballads 156-188
    Additions and corrections. Volume 4, Part 1: Advertisement to Part VII
    Advertisement to Part VIII
    Ballads 189-225. Volume 4, Part 2: Advertisement
    Ballads 226-265
    Additions and corrections. Volume 5, Part 1: Advertisement to Part IX
    Advertisement to Part X
    Ballads 266-305
    Additions and corrections. Volume 5, Part 2: Additions and corrections
    Sources of the texts
    Index of published airs
    Ballad airs from manuscript
    Index of ballad titles
    Titles of collections of ballads
    Index of matters and literature
    Corrections to be made in the print.

  • Editor

    Francis James Child

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