MANLY, JOHN MATTHEWS, 1865-1940

Biography:

Literary historian and scholar; University Professor of English literature. Born– Sumter County, Ala., September 2, 1865. Parents– Charles and Mary (Matthews) Manly. Education– Furman University, 1883; A.M., 1889; Harvard University, Ph. D., 1900. Military intelligence service, WWI, 1917-1919. Employed by Brown University, 1884-1898; University of Chicago, 1898-1933. Specialized in the study of early English literature; best known for his editing and scholarly research on Chaucer.  Exchange professor or visiting lecturer, University of Gottingen, Lowell Institute, British Academy, Royal Society of Literature; editor, 1908-1930.  Member and President Modern Language Association; member Mediaeval Academy, Modern Humanities Research Association, British Shakespeare Association.  Received five honorary doctorates during his lifetime.   His colleagues and students at the University honored him with a feistschriften, The Manly Anniversary Studies in Language and Literature, in 1923. Died April 2, 1940.

Source:

Who Was Who in America, Vol. 1,  The National Cyclopedia of Amerian Biography, Vol. 48; American National Biography online.

Publication(s):

Chaucer and the Rhetoricians. London; Oxford University Press, 1926.

Contemporary British Literature; Bibliographies and Study Outlines. New York; Harcourt, 1921.

English Poetry (1170-1892). Boston; Ginn, 1916.

Good Reading. New York; Scribner, 1926.

Junior High School English. Boston; D.C. Heath, 1916.

Marco Polo and the Squire’s Tale. Baltimore; Publication of the Modern Language Association, 1896.

The Piers Plowman Controversy …. London; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1910.

Piers the Plowman and Its Sequence, …. Cambridge; Cambridge University Press, 1908.

Some New Light on Chaucer. New York; Holt, 1926.

Joint_Publication(s):

The Bailey-Manly Spelling Book. Boston; Houghton, 1908.

Better Advertising; a Practical Manual of the Principles of Advertising. Chicago; F. J. Drake Co., 1921.

Better Business English; a Working Manual …. Chicago; J. F. Drake, 1921.

Contemporary American Authors; a Critical Survey and 219 Bio-bibliographies. New York; Harcourt, 1922.

Contemporary American Literature; Bibliographies and Study Outlines. New York; Harcourt, 1935.

Contemporary British Literature; a Critical Survey and 232 Author-bibliographies. New York; Harcourt, 1935.

Contemporary British Literature; Outlines for Study, Indexes, Bibliographies. New York; Harcourt, 1928.

Lessons in the Speaking and Writing of English …. Boston; D.C. Heath, 1912.

A Manual for Writers; Covering the Needs of Authors for Information on Rules of Writing and Practices in Printing. Chicago; University of Chicago, 1915.

The Writer’s Index of Good Form and Good English. New York; Holt, 1923.

The Writing of English. New York; Holt, 1919.

Editor:

Canterbury Tales. New York; Holt, 1928.

English Prose and Poetry (1137-1892). New York; Ginn, 1916.

The Poems and Plays of William Vaughn Moody. New York; Scribner, 1887.

… Shakespeare’s MacBeth. New York; Longmans, Green, 1896.

Specimens of the Pre-Shakespearean Drama…. Boston; Ginn, 1897.

Joint_Editor:

La Seinte Resureccion from the Paris and Canterbury mss. Oxford, Miss.; B. Blackwell, 1943.

The Text of the Canterbury Tales… . Chicago; University of Chicago Press, 1940.

Contributor:

Cambridge History of English Literature, Encyclopedia Britannica, 11 ed.

Papers; 

The papers of John Matthews Manly are held by the library at the University of Chicago.

Updated 2011-08-31