"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
About the Author
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."