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"The Child Ballads are a collection of 305 ballads from England and Scotland, and their American variants, collected by Francis James Child in the late 19th century. The collection was published as The English and Scottish Popular Ballads between 1882 and 1898 by Houghton Mifflin in 10 Volumes. The ballads vary in age; for instance, a version of "A Gest of Robyn Hode" was printed in the late 15th or early 16th century, and the manuscript of "Judas" dates to the 13th century. The majority of the ballads, however, date to the 17th and 18th century; although some probably have very ancient influences, only a handful can be definitively traced to before 1600. Moreover, few of the tunes collected are as old as the words. While many of them had been individually printed, e.g. as broadsides, Child's collection was far more comprehensive than any previous collection of ballads in English. (However, there were comprehensive ballad collections in other languages, like the Danish collection Danmarks gamle Folkeviser, which Child referred to in his comments.)
One Child number may cover several ballads, which Child considered variants of the same story, although they may differ in many ways (as in "James Hatley"). Conversely, ballads classified separately may contain turns of phrase, and even entire verses, that are identical.
The Child Ballads deal with subjects typical to many ballads: romance, supernatural experiences, historical events, morality, riddles, murder, and folk heroes. On one extreme, some recount identifiable historical people, in known events. On the other, some differ from fairy tales solely by their being songs and in verse; some have been recast in prose form as fairy tales. A large part of the collections is about Robin Hood; some are about King Arthur. A few of the ballads are rather bawdy." (Quote from wikipedia.org)
Table of Contents:
Publisher's Preface; Fair Annie; Child Waters; Fair Janet; Lady Maisry; Lord Ingram And Chiel Wyet; Glasgerion; Young Hunting; Clerk Sanders; Willie And Lady Maisry; The Bent Sae Brown; The Clerk's Twa Sons O Owensford; Lord Thomas And Annet; Fair Margaret And Sweet William; Lord Lovel; The Lass Of Roch Royal; Sweet William's Ghost; The Unquiet Grave; The Wife Of Usher's Well; Old Robin Of Portingale; Little Musgrave And Lady Barnard; The Bonny Birdy; Child Maurice; Bonny Barbara Allen; Lady Alice; Young Benjie; Prince Robert; Young Johnstone; Fause Foodrage; Jellon Grame; Fair Mary Of Wallington; Bonny Bee Hom; Lamkin; Young Waters; The Maid Freed From The Gallows; The Gay Goshawk; Brown Robin; Brown Adam; Johnie Scott
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"Francis James Child (February 1, 1825–September 11, 1896) was an American scholar, educationist, and folklorist, who collected what came to be known as the Child Ballads.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he attended Boston Latin School and graduated from Harvard in 1846, topping his class in all subjects. He was tutor in mathematics in 1846-1848; and in 1848 was transferred to a tutorship in history, political economy and English literature. After two years of study in Europe, in 1851 he succeeded Edward T. Channing as Boylston professor of rhetoric, oratory and elocution." (Quote from wikipedia.org)
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Book Description Forgotten Books, 2007. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1605062847
Book Description Forgotten Books, 2007. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 550 pages. 9.00x6.00x1.37 inches. This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # zk1605062847