Chauncey Brewster Tinker

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Chauncey B. Tinker
Full name Chauncey Brewster Tinker
Born (1876-10-22)October 22, 1876
Auburn, Maine
Died March 10, 1963(1963-03-10) (aged 86)
Institutions Yale University
Alma mater Yale University
Thesis The Translations of Beowulf: A Critical Biography (1903)
Notable students
Frederick A. Pottle

Chauncey Brewster Tinker (October 22, 1876 – March 10, 1963) was an English scholar and Sterling Professor at Yale University. 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.[1][2]

As a faculty member, Tinker was known as an opponent of New Criticism.[1]

Tinker was born on October 22, 1876 in Auburn, Maine to Anson Phelps Tinker, a Yale graduate and minister, and Martha White.[2] 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. He died on March 10,1963 and is buried at Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven, Connecticut.[2]


  • 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. 


  1. ^ a b 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. 
  2. ^ a b c "Chauncey Brewster Tinker". James Retrieved 28 May 2015. 

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