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Collectors and editors of popular ballads have added a new province to literature, which critics and men of letters have further explored and cultivated. In this book the scholar and the general reader will find a comprehensive survey of the work of ballad men, from Sir Walter Scott to Francis James Child and his successors in Britain and America. Two chapters are devoted to the contemporaneous story of Scandinavian balladry, particularly in its relation to the labors of Child. Appendixes present a large store of illuminating documents, hitherto unpublished, from the correspondence of Child and the Danish editor Grundtvig.