Chauncey Brewster Tinker
|Chauncey B. Tinker|
|Native name||Chauncey Brewster Tinker|
October 22, 1876|
|Died||March 10, 1963(aged 86)|
|Alma mater||Yale University|
|Thesis title||The Translations of Beowulf: A Critical Biography (1903)|
|Notable students||Frederick A. Pottle|
Tinker was born on October 22, 1876 in Auburn, Maine to Anson Phelps Tinker, a Yale graduate and minister, and Martha White. He attended East Denver High School, then went to Yale to receive a BA (1899), MA (1900), and PhD (1902), after which he joined the school's faculty.
In 1923, he was made Sterling Professor of English Literature, and remained at the university until 1945.
At Yale, Tinker was instrumental in establishing a rare books collection, of which he was named the curator in 1931, and in founding the Elizabethan Club. His early work, completed in collaboration with Albert Stanburrough Cook, focused on Old English literature, while the remainder of his career focused on eighteenth century English literary scholarship, including that of Samuel Johnson and his principal biographer, James Boswell.
- Cook, Albert S.; Tinker, Chauncey Brewster (1902). Select Translations of Old English Poetry. Boston: Ginn & Company.
- Tinker, Chauncey Brewster (1903). The Translations of Beowulf: A Critical Biography. New York: Henry Holt.
- —— (1915). The Salon and English Letters: Chapters on the Interrelations of Literature and Society in the Age of Johnson. New York: MacMillan.
- —— (1922). Nature's Simple Plan: A Phase of Radical Thought in the Mid-Eighteenth Century. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
- —— (1922). Young Boswell. Boston: Atlantic Monthy Press.
- —— (1924). Letters of James Boswell. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
- —— (1926). The Wedgwood Medallion of Samuel Johnson: A Study in Iconography. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
- —— (1929). The Good Estate of Poetry. Boston: Little, Brown & Company.
- —— (1938). Painter and Poet: Studies in the Literary Relations of English Painting. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
- —— (1948). Dionysos in Doubt: Collected Articles and Addresses. New Haven: Yale University Press.
- "Chauncey Brewster Tinker". James Boswell.info. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- Fry, Paul H. "A Very Brief History of the Yale English Department, Excluding the Present". Yale Department of English. Yale University. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
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