Literary scholar; university professor. Born– July 12, 1873, Auburn. Parents– Leonidas Warren and Mary Jane (Foster) Payne. Married– Mary Susan Bledsoe, 1897. Children– Four. Education– Alabama Polytechnic Institute, B.S., 1892; M.S., 1893; University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., 1904. Taught at the Southwestern Alabama Agricultural School in Evergreen, 1894-1901; Jacksonville State Normal School, 1901-1902; Harrison Fellow in English at the University of Pennsylvania, 1902-1904. Associate editor of Worchester’s Dictionary, 1904-1906. Taught at Louisiana State University, 1906; University of Texas, 1906-1943. Co-founder and first president of the Texas Folklore Society, 1910.  Editor of the first anthology of Texas literature–A Survey of Texas Literature.  Friend and associate of many important American writers, including Carl Sandburg, e.e.Cummings, and Edwin Arlington Robinson.  Died June 16, 1945.


Who Was Who in America, Vol. 2 and Who’s Who of North American Authors.


History of American Literature. Chicago; Rand, McNally & Co., 1918.

A Survey of Texas Literature. New York; Rand, McNally & Co., 1928.


Using Our Language. Chicago; Wheeler Pub.Co., 1935.


Learn to Spell; a High-School Book. New York; Rand, McNally & Co., 1916.

A Word-List from East Alabama. Austin, Tex.; s.n., 1909.


American Literary Readings. Chicago; Rand, McNally, 1917.

The Hector of Germanie; or, The Palsgrave Prime Elector. Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania, 1906.

Selections from American Literature. Chicago; Rand, McNally & Co., 1919-1926.

Selections from English Literature. New York; Rand, McNally & Co., 1919.

Southern Literary Readings. New York; Rand, McNally & Co., 1913.


Enjoying Literature. 4 vols. New York; Rand, McNally, 1936.

Literature for the Junior High School. New York; Rand, McNally, 1929.

Texas Poems. Dallas, Tex.; Dealey & Lowe, 1936.