Anderson, Melville Best, 1851-1933

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American literary scholar, primarily of Dante.

From the description of Melville Best Anderson papers, 1926-1930. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122552958

Head of English Dept. at Stanford University and Dante scholar.

From the description of Melville Best Anderson letters to Franklin E. Perham and other papers, 1901-1928. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 215099758

Biography

Melville Best Anderson was born in Kalamazoo Michigan in 1851, the son of Helen Best Anderson and Edward Coffin Anderson. His father's career as a teacher and minister caused the family to move several times during Melville's childhood. At eighteen he entered Cornell University, where he began life-long friendships with other young scholars, including David Starr Jordan. In 1872 Anderson began his career as a literary scholar, and in the next decades he taught at Butler University, Knox College, Purdue University and the University of Iowa. In 1891 Anderson came to Stanford at the request of David Starr Jordan to serve as head of the English Department. Professor Anderson remained at Stanford until 1910, when he retired emeritus to devote himself to Dante scholarship. His most celebrated literary achievement was his translation of the Divina Comedia (final edition, Oxford University Press: 1932). Anderson died on June 22, 1933 at his brother's home in La Jolla, California.

From the guide to the Anderson, Melville Best Papers, 1926-1930, (Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.)

Biographical Note

Family of Scottish-English origins which came to the United States in the middle of the nineteenth century. The family settled on the East Coast, later moving West; the Andersons contributed to society in the fields of theology, education and literature. Melville Best Anderson was an author, translator and teacher whose particular interest was the work of Dante. From 1891-1910, he taught in the English Department at Stanford University, serving as first chairman of the department.

From the guide to the Anderson Family Papers, 1809-1933, (Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.)

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referencedIn Hadden, Anne,. Anne Hadden collection of letters from American authors, 1869-1935. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Walling, Anna Strunsky, 1879-1964. Anna Strunsky Walling papers, 1880-1968 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Anderson, Melville Best, 1851-1933. Letter 1920 February 21, Menlo Park, California, [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Melville Best Anderson. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf Browne, Francis F. (Francis Fisher), 1843-1913. Francis Fisher Browne papers, [ca. 1860]-1949, (bulk 1873-1915). Newberry Library
referencedIn Anderson family Papers, 1848-1963 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Walling, Anna Strunsky, 1879-. Photograph, 1906. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Henrietta Stadtmuller scrapbook, 1891-1899 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Anderson family. Anderson family papers, 1848-1963. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Anderson Family Papers, 1809-1933 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
creatorOf Anderson, Melville Best, 1851-1933. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1913. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Melville Best Anderson papers concerning Dante's, Inferno, in translation, 1921-1933. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Anderson family. Anderson family papers, 1859-1929. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Knox College (Galesburg, Ill.). [Faculty series] / [Knox College, Galesburg, Ill.]. Knox College, Seymour Library
creatorOf Anderson, Melville Best, 1851-1933. Melville Best Anderson papers, 1926-1930. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn William Frederic Badè papers, 1871-1936 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Charles Eliot Norton papers, ca.1845-1908. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Anderson family. Anderson family papers, 1809-1933. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stadtmuller, Henrietta. Henrietta Stadtmuller scrapbook, 1891-1899. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940. Letter 1920 April 25, Staten Island, N.Y. [to] Melville B. Anderson, Unknown / Edwin Markham. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf Anderson, Melville Best, 1851-1933. Melville Best Anderson letters to Franklin E. Perham and other papers, 1901-1928. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Walling, Anna Strunsky, 1879-. Papers of Anna Strunsky Walling, 1877-1958. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Anderson family. Anderson family papers, 1901-1933. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Brown University. Library (Providence, Rhode Island). Selected correspondence, 1913-1993, "Ahrens" to "Bradstreet". Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Globe-Wernicke Co. Library case advertisements and ex libris cards, ca. 1910. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn David Starr Jordan papers, 1861-1964 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Melville Best Anderson papers concerning Dante's, Inferno, in translation, 1921-1933. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Anne Hadden Collection, 1869-1935 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931. David Starr Jordan papers, 1861-1964. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Dorothy Nevile Lees papers relating to Edward Gordon Craig and, The Mask, 1905-1963. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Henry Rushton Fairclough papers, 1886-1937 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University. Board of Trustees. Stanford University, Board of Trustees, supporting documents, 1905-2011. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Anna Strunsky Walling papers, 1880-1968 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn James, Laura Garner. Laura Garner James photograph album, 1898-1928 (inclusive), 1898-1902 (bulk). Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Anderson, Melville Best Papers, 1926-1930 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Fonds Edward Gordon Craig Bibliothèque nationale de France. Département des arts du spectacle
referencedIn Fairclough, H. Rushton (Henry Rushton), b. 1862. Henry Rushton Fairclough papers, 1886-1937. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Walling, Anna Strunsky, 1879-1964. Anna Strunsky Walling papers, 1880-1968 (inclusive). Yale University Library
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