John Matthews Manly
John Matthews Manly (September 2, 1865 — April 2, 1940) was an American professor of English literature and philology at the University of Chicago. Manley specialized in the study of the works of William Shakespeare and Geoffrey Chaucer. His eight-volume work, The Text of the Canterbury Tales (1940), written in collaboration with his former student Edith Rickert, has been cited as a definitive study of Chaucer's works.
Early life and education 
Manley was born in Virginia the son of Charles Manley, a Baptist minister and university president. He attended Staunton Military Academy and Greenville Military Institute. At the age of 18, Manley earned a Master's Degree in Mathematics from Furman University. In 1890, he received a PhD from Harvard University in Philology, a non-departmental field for which he created his own curriculum.
In 1894, at the age of 19, Manly accepted a position at William Jewel College teaching Mathematics which he held for five years. After earning his Phd, Manley became a professor of English at Brown University until 1898. He then accepted the department chair in English at the University of Chicago which he maintained until retirement.
- "John M. Manly & Edith Rickert". The University of Chicago Faculty: A Centennial View. University of Chicago. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
- "Guide to the John Matthews Manly Papers 1892-1940". University of Chicago Library. University of Chicago. 2006. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
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