William Malone Baskervill
|William Malone Baskervill|
Fayette County, Tennessee
William Malone Baskervill (1850–1899) was a writer and professor of the English language and literature at Vanderbilt University.
William Malone Baskerville was born in 1850 in Fayette County, Tennessee. He graduated from Randolph–Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. One of his teacher, Thomas Randoph Price, encouraged him to study in Germany. As a result, he attended the University of Leipzig in 1873-1874, where he became friends with Charles Forster Smith.
Baskervill taught at Vanderbilt University. Together with Smith, who also taught at Vanderbilt, and 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."
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
- Becker, Anja (November 2008). "Southern Academic Ambitions Meet German Scholarship: The Leipzig Networks of Vanderbilt University's James H. Kirkland in the Late Nineteenth Century". The Journal of Southern History. 74 (4): 864. JSTOR 27650317.
- Essie (Wenar) Samuels, A History of Failure: The Open Letter Club, unpublished Masters thesis, Vanderbilt University, 1967.
- William Sheehan, The Immortal Fire Within: The Life and Work of Edward Emerson Barnard, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1995, p. 67 
- Biography of Baskerville from Southern Writers @ GoogleBooks
- Works by William Malone Baskervill at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about William Malone Baskervill at Internet Archive
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