Final Notes, Albert B. Friedman

Albert B. Friedman, 86, a noted scholar of medieval literature and early ballads, passed away on November 20, 2006. Friedman’s work enlivened the postwar “ballad revival” in the United States, the renewed interest in traditional English and Scottish ballads and their Appalachian relatives that peaked in the late-1950s and 1960s. His best-known anthology is The Viking Book of Folk Ballads of the English-Speaking World (1956), reissued in 1977 as The Penguin Book of Folk Ballads of the English-Speaking World. At his death, Mr. Friedman was emeritus professor of English at Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, California, where he had taught from 1960 until his retirement in 1988.


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