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.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies Series|
|Product dimensions:||11.50(w) x 14.30(h) x 9.00(d)|
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; Advertisement; 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; Advertisement; Ballads 266-305; Fragments; Additions and corrections. Volume 5, Part 2: Additions and corrections; Glossary; 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; Bibliography; Corrections to be made in the print.