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The rich field of English balladry was virgin territory before Francis James Child entered it. The few published ballad editions that existed were unreliable, filled with unacknowledged editorial changes and distortions of the original manuscripts. Professor Child compiled all the extant ballads with all known variants, and made them available for the first time — togetherThe rich field of English balladry was virgin territory before Francis James Child entered it. The few published ballad editions that existed were unreliable, filled with unacknowledged editorial changes and distortions of the original manuscripts. Professor Child compiled all the extant ballads with all known variants, and made them available for the first time — together with his invaluable commentary that prefaces each work — in a single source that maintained absolute fidelity to the original texts. Published between 1882 and 1898, the original ten-part study became the definitive collection of popular ballads in the English language, never to be superceded. To this day, scholars and devotees speak of "The Child Ballads" with the awe and respect generated by few other literary works. Volume 1: Parts I and II of the original set, ballads 1-53 including "Edward," "Lord Randal," "Tam Lin," "Lady Isabel and the Elf-Knight," "Earl Brand," "Thomas Rymer," more. Biographical sketch of Child by Prof. Kittredge, Child's portrait, additions and corrections....

Title : The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Vol. 1
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ISBN : 9780486431451
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 544 Pages
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The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Kathleen Tahk
    2018-12-10 19:26

    This is the classic resource for the popular ballads at the heart of 20th century pop music. Not only did Child collect a tremendous wealth of ballads, he also provides multiple variants on many of them, which illuminate the various mutations each one underwent. Absolutely fascinating for its strange collection of murder ballads.