William Malone Baskervill

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William Malone Baskervill (1850–1899) was a writer and professor of the English language and literature at Vanderbilt University.


Early life[edit]

William Malone Baskerville was born in 1850.


Together with George Washington Cable he ran an organization known as the Open Letter Club. Essie Samuels notes this was "a loosely organized attempt to disseminate liberal propaganda concerning civil rights and education for the Negro in the South between 1887 and 1890. William Malone Baskervill professor of English literature at Vanderbilt University, and George Washington Cable, prominent author and lecturer, were the self-appointed leaders of this endeavor."[1]

Personal life[edit]

He was the son-in-law of Methodist Bishop and Vanderbilt University co-founder Holland Nimmons McTyeire.[2]


He died in 1899.


  • An outline of Anglo-Saxon grammar (from the appendix of Harrison & Baskervill's Anglo-Saxon dictionary), in 1887
  • An English Grammar with J. W. Sewell, in 1896
  • Irwin Russell, in 1896
  • Charles Egbert Craddock, in 1896
  • Joel Chandler Harris, in 1896
  • Maurice Thompson, in 1896
  • Sidney Lanier, in 1896
  • Anglo-Saxon Prose Reader Reader for Beginners with J. A. Harrison, in 1898
  • The Elements of English Grammar with J. W. Sewell, in 1900
  • A School Grammar of the English language (Baskervill-Sewell English course), in 1903


  1. ^ Essie (Wenar) Samuels, A History of Failure: The Open Letter Club, unpublished Masters thesis, Vanderbilt University, 1967.
  2. ^ William Sheehan, The Immortal Fire Within: The Life and Work of Edward Emerson Barnard, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1995, p. 67 [1]

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