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Thread #36355   Message #501767
Posted By: Willie-O
09-Jul-01 - 07:39 AM
Thread Name: Bronson tunes - Child Ballads
Subject: RE: Bronson's tunes
Don't know about Bronson, but there's no doubt that getting a new edition out of the original unabridged Child (how many volumes) would be massive and hugely expensive.

Like other interrested parties of modest means, I have a copy of the Helen Child Sargent/George Lyman Kittredge single-volume Cambridge Poets abridged edition. The copyright notice on it is: c 1904 and 1932 by George Lyman Kittredge. Doesn't that second copyright expire after 75 years? That would be...2007.

Now there's a niche publishing project...this edition has has all but 5 of the numbered Child ballads, typically 1-3 lyric variants of each, plus notes and glossary. And if it were published in Canada and sold a thousand copies, that would make it a Canadian best-seller! (certainly in the 'poetry' category).