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Elliott Van Kirk Dobbie

Elliott Van Kirk Dobbie

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Gender male
Birth 9 May 1907 (Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.A.)
Death 23 March 1970
Star sign TaurusTaurus
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Elliott Van Kirk Dobbie (born Brooklyn 9 May 1907, died 23 March 1970) was a scholar, noted especially for his work editing Old English poetry.


Dobbie took his degrees at Columbia University: A.B. 1927, A.M. 1929 (in American literature, taking a rare first class), Ph.D. 1937. While at Columbia, he became a Lecturer in 1934 (one of four in the department at the time, 'actually overworked assistants who did what was called the "scutters' work" of the Department, handling proseminars with the M.A. candidates'), Instructor in 1937, Assistant Professor in 1942, Associate Professor in 1945, and Professor in 1951. He is most famous for his work editing the Anglo-Saxon Poetic Records series (1931–54), first as assistant to George Philip Krapp and, following Krapp's death, as the editor. He took a key role in the editing of the journal American Speech and was on the Executive Committee of the Linguistic Circle of New York for many years, being Vice President in 1955–57 and President 1958–60.

Dobbie married in 1937.

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