William Herbert Carruth

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W.H. Carruth

William Herbert Carruth (April 5, 1859 – December 15, 1924) was an American educator and poet. He taught at the University of Kansas and Stanford University.


William Herbert Carruth was born in Osawatomie, Kansas on April 5, 1859. He earned AB and MA degrees in modern languages from the University of Kansas (KU) and later two more advanced languages degrees, another MA and a PhD, from Harvard. Carruth taught languages and literature at KU from 1880 until 1913, and was Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University from 1913 to 1924.[1][2] Carruth was president of the Pacific Coast Conference of the Unitarian Church.[3]


  • Carruth translated Hermann Gunkel's "The Legends of Genesis" into an English version published in 1901.[4]
  • Carruth's poems include "Each in His Own Tongue," "Ghosts of Dreams," "Tescott" and "John Brown."[5]


  1. ^ McCool, John H. (June 26, 1940). "An Old Friend". KU History. The University of Kansas. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  2. ^ Stanford University Libraries, retrieved Oct 2015
  3. ^ "Directory". The Pacific Unitarian. January 1921. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  4. ^ Hermann Gunkel (1901). The Legends of Genesis. Open Court Publishing Company.
  5. ^ "Poets' Corner - William Herbert Carruth - Selected Works". Poets' Corner. Retrieved 2017-03-15.

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