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Kemp Malone

Born: Mar 14, 1889

Death: Oct 13, 1971

Birthplace: Minter City

Nationality: United States

Kemp Malone

Date of Birth : Mar 14, 1889
Date of Death : Oct 13, 1971
Birth Place : Minter City

Kemp Malone was a prolific medievalist, etymologist, philologist, and specialist in Chaucer who was lecturer and then professor of English Literature at Johns Hopkins University from 1924 to 1956. Born in an academic family, Kemp Malone graduated from Emory College as it then was in 1907, with the ambition of mastering all the languages that impinged upon the development of Middle English. He spent several years in Germany, Denmark and Iceland. When World War I broke out he served two years in the United States Army and was discharged with the rank of Captain. Malone served as President of the Modern Language Association, and other philological associations and was etymology editor of the American College Dictionary, 1947. With Louise Pound and Arthur G. Kennedy, he founded the journal American Speech, "to present information about English in America in a form appealing to general readers". He resisted the views of Old English poetry as products of a purely oral tradition. He contended that we must look to poets' individual elaboration of traditional structures: "A given poet was reckoned worthy if he handled with skill the stuff of which, by convention, poems must be made".

Also known as


  • Raiford Kemp Malone

Awards Won


  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
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