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Oliver Farrar Emerson

Oliver Farrar Emerson (born in Traer, Iowa, 24 May 1860; died in Ocala, Florida 13 March 1927) was a United States educator and philologist noted for Chaucer scholarship and his History of the English Language.



Emerson studied at Iowa College, taking a post graduate course at Cornell University, where he received the degree of D.Ph. in 1891. After serving as superintendent of schools in Grinnell and Muscatine, Iowa, he was principal of the Academy of Iowa College (1885–88), instructor in English (1889–91) Cornell University and assistant professor of rhetoric and English philology in the same institution (1892–96), when he took the same chair at Adelbert College of Western Reserve University. He became Oviatt Professor of English at Case Western in 1906, and was head of the English department.

He was a member of the Modern Language Association, American Dialect Society and the Simplified Spelling Board. During his career at Case Western, he resided in East Cleveland and founded the Novel Club. He was married to Annie Laurie Logan of St. Louis, with whom he had a son and a daughter.


He was a regular contributor to various philological journals and magazines. In addition, he wrote:

He edited:




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