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Pauleena MacDougall

Jason Canniff

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Summer 6-1-2011

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Abstract/ Summary

British Ballads from Maine, edited by Phillips Barry, Fannie Hardy Eckstorm and Mary Winslow Smyth was published by Yale University Press in 1929. It is an academic collection of Child ballads that the authors collected from singers in Maine. Each ballad is listed with Child numbers with variants used to illustrate the sources and dates of the collection. The authors hoped to demonstrate the richness of New England as a ballad area, to prove that many American ballad texts are old compared with those printed in the Child collection, and to provide a handbook for fieldworkers who might wish to collect additional ballads. The three authors spent several years collecting songs in eastern Maine and New Brunswick. There were a total of 94 texts with tunes transcribed by Indiana University professor George Herzog. The authors included fifty-six Child ballads were, eight secondary ballads and thirty traces and jury texts in the volume.


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