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Posted By: Steve Gardham
26-Sep-12 - 05:03 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 3
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 3
Richie, Chappell was long dead when volume 8 came out. The series by then had been taken over by Sam Cowell's brother-in-law, J W Ebsworth, who was a bigger sceptic than either myself or Child. I don't know why Child didn't verify the date, but Mary Ellen Brown's book might throw light on it. I can give you the full statement in Rox if you haven't got it. Ebsworth is very scathing of a number of versions, and I do tend to agree with him usually. There was a lot of literary interference in that period.