Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910

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Birth 1827
Death 1910

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William James Rolfe was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on December 10, 1827, the son of John Rolfe and Lydia Davis. After attending Amherst College from 1845-1848, he was principal and master of several high schools in Massachusetts. He later became a prominent Shakespearean scholar and textbook author. He earned master's degrees from Harvard University (1859) and Amherst College (1865). On July 30, 1856, he married Eliza Jane Carew; their three children were John, George, and Charles. William James Rolfe died on July 7, 1910.

From the guide to the William Rolfe collection, Rolfe, William collection, 1845-1850, (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan)

American teacher, philologist, editor of Shakespeare.

From the description of Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1907 & n.d. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155864974

William James Rolfe (1827-1910), author, editor, scholar, and president of Emerson College 1903-1908. Prepared editions of Shakespeare's plays for use in elementary schools.

Charlotte Fiske Bates (1839-1916), poet, scholar, editor of The Cambridge Book of Poetry and Song (1882). Contributed poems to leading magazines and assisted Longfellow in compilations of poetry for publication and in translations.

From the description of Letters to M. Bigelow and Charlotte Fiske Bates, n.d. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 57936877


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