Frederic Taber Cooper

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Frederic Taber Cooper Ph.D. (May 27, 1864 – May 20, 1937) was an American editor and writer.

Cooper was born in New York City, graduated from Harvard University in 1886 and obtained an LL.B. from Columbia University in 1887.[1][2]

On November 29, 1887, he married Edith Redfield in New York.[2][3] Edith's father Amasa A. Redfield was a New York attorney and author.[2]

In 1888, he was admitted to the New York Bar, but promptly abandoned the practice of law.[2] Returning to Columbia, he obtained an A.M. in 1891, serving as an associate instructor of Latin until 1894.[1][2] In 1895, Columbia awarded him a Ph.D. and he became an associate professor of Latin and Sanskrit at New York University until 1902.[1][2]

Professor Cooper was the editor of various periodicals, including The New York Commercial Advertiser (1898-1904), The Forum (1907-1909), and for a short time of the New York Globe.[1][2] He died in New London, Connecticut, shortly after returning from a trip to Europe on May 20, 1937.[1]


  • Word formation in the Roman Sermo Plebeius. An historical study of the development of vocabulary in vulgar and late Latin, with special reference to the Romance languages. Ph. D. thesis, Columbia College. New York (1895)
  • History of the Nineteenth Century in Caricature, with A. B. Maurice (1904)
  • The Craftsmanship of Writing (1911)
  • Some American Story Tellers (1911)
  • Frederic Taber Cooper, et al., The Classics of Style. The American Academic Press (2006)


  1. ^ a b c d e "Frederic T. Cooper; Writer Educator." New York Times. 21 May 1937: 21.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Rossiter Johnson, ed. "Frederic Taber Cooper." The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans. Vol 2. Boston: The Biographical Society, 1904.
  3. ^ Class of 1886 Secretary's Report No. 4, May 1898, New York: Winthrop Press, 1898. Page 87.

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