Essays and Studies in Honor of Carleton Brown

Essays and Studies in Honor of Carleton Brown

Essays and Studies in Honor of Carleton Brown

Essays and Studies in Honor of Carleton Brown

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CARLETON BROWN

For nat oonly thy laude precious Parfourned is by men of dignytee. . . .

OUR birth is but a sleep and a forgetting. Carleton Brown's star rose on our academic scene late in September, 1900, under the appropriate sign Libra, when he was translated to the mundane study of philology at Harvard University. Not ours to trace the clouds of glory he came trailing from the Minnesota college which presciently bore the given name of its most distinguished graduate; from the Andover Theological Seminary, which made so appropriate his development of religious elements in our older literature; and from the pastoral care, which was transmuted into fatherly guidance of his graduate students. The Carleton Brown to whom his colleagues, associates, and former pupils dedicate this volume is the English scholar whose career typifies our ideals of industrious and fruitful research.

Our list of his published writings reveals clearly his range throughout Old and Middle English, both linguistic and literary, but eminently Chaucerian, as befits one baptized in the ChildKittredge school. Apart from deferential bows to the Shakespearians he has remained austerely mediæval, and his newly completed A Manuscript Index of Middle English Verse gives a finis coronat opus to one of his most assiduous labors--an exhaustive exploration of the mediæval literary manuscripts extant in England. Ever faithful in teaching and annually consecutive in publication, he steadfastly pursued this major work, broadening from the religious and didactic to include the secular, till it comprises well over four thousand titles.

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