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Child's Unfinished Masterpiece: The English and Scottish Popular Ballads Hardcover – 12 Apr 2011

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (12 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252035941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252035944
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,515,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This illuminating study captures the richness of Francis James Child's labours on The English and Scottish Popular Ballads through a patient scrutiny of his vast correspondence with a host of collaborators. In tracing Child's conclusions about the ballads, Brown provides valuable analysis of the letters that will be appreciated by ballad scholars, folklorists, and scholars of literature alike." --James Porter, founding editor of The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music

"This monument of research, synthesis, and reflection is a groundbreaking book that stands as its own major contribution to folklore and ballad studies and serves as a stimulus for further research just as Child's own titanic work has done. I learned many things from this book, as will anyone who opens its pages." --Maureen N. McLane, author of Balladeering, Minstrelsy, and the Making of British Romantic Poetry

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Mary Ellen Brown is a professor emerita of folklore, women's studies, and English (adjunct) at Indiana University Bloomington. Her previous publications include "William Motherwell's Cultural Politics, 1797-1835" and "Burns and Tradition."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Gardham on 25 Jun 2011
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A long awaited book. This is the most important publication on balladry since Bronson in the 50s. It describes in great detail the making of the English and Scottish Popular Ballads by Francis James Child, a publication of the 1880s/1890s never surpassed, nor likely to be. Mary Ellen Brown has gone a long way down the road to supplying Child's missing preface to the original 10-part monmental work. At this price a gift and an absolute must-have. It uses mostly the correpondence between Child and his army of helpers all over Europe and North America, and makes available information held in inaccessible libraries in Scotland and Harvard.

Steve Gardham
Northern Chairman, The Traditional Song Forum.
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