The Early English Carols


Richard Leighton Greene (Editor)


Richard Leighton Greene, Editor, The Early English Carols, Second Edition, revised and enlarged (Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1977). Octavo, 24 x 16 cm, 517 pages, dark blue cloth boards with front cover stamped with Oxford symbol, gilt titling on the book’s spine, pale blue dust jacket printed in dark blue, b/w full page frontispiece of “The Carole of the Shepherds at the Nativity” from the Bodleian Library 15th century Lower Rhineland MS.  Prefaces to the First and Second Editions; Introduction: I-The Carol as a Genre; II-The Carol as Dance-Song; III-The Latin Background of the Carol; IV-The Carol as Popular Song; V-The Carol and Popular Religion; VI-The Burdens of the Carols; Texts of the Carols; Appendix: Fragments of Texts Probably in Carol-Form: Bibliography of Original Sources; Notes; Index of First Lines.    

Condition: Fine, except for very light sunning of spine of dust jacket.

The Editor of this revised and enlarged volume, Professor Richard Leighton Greene (1904-1983), defined and established the medieval English carol as a poetic genre and musical form. The 1935 first edition of The Early English Carols was quickly recognised as a work of major importance in medieval literary studies and Greene continued to work on researching carols until the publishing of his definitive second edition in 1977. Many of the texts were set by such composers as Benjamin Britten, William Walton and Vaughan Williams. This revised edition, which adds newly discovered carols and variants, was again collated against the manuscripts. Professor Greene first taught at the University of Rochester; became President of Wells College; and was a visiting Professor at Purdue, the University of California and the California Institute of Technology, before appointment as the first Osborne Professor of English at Wesleyan University, Connecticut.