North American Scholar

MORRIS, Edward Parmelee

  • Date of Birth: 1853-09-17
  • Born City: Auburn
  • Born State/Country: NY
  • Parents: Edward Dafydd, a theologian, & Frances Elizabeth Parmelee M.
  • Date of Death: 1938-11-16
  • Death City: New York
  • Death State/Country: NY
  • Married: Charlotte Webster Humphrey, 2 Jan. 1879.
  • Education:

    A.B. Yale, 1874; study at Leipzig & Jena, 1884-5; A.M. (hon.) Williams, 1884; L.H.D., 1904; Litt. D. Harvard, 1909.

  • Professional Experience:

    Prof. Lat. & hist. Purdue, 1876-7; prof. Lat. & math. Lake Forest Coll., 1877-9; prof. Gk. Drury Coll. (MO), 1879-84; prof. Lat. Williams Coll., 1885-91; Yale, 1891-1919; Dunham prof. Lat. lit. & Iang., 1909-19; pres. APA, 1914-5.

  • Publications:

    The Study of Latin in the Preparatory Course (Boston, 1886); "On the Sentence-Question in Plautus," AJP 10 (1889) 397-436; "The Sentence-Question in Plautus and Terence," AJP 11 (1890) 16-54, 145-81; "The Subjunctive in Independent Sentences in Plautus," AJP 18 (1897) 133-67, 275-301, 383-401; The Captives and Trinummus of Plautus (Boston, 1898); On Principles and Methods in Latin Syntax (New York, 1901); "An Interpretation of Catullus VIII," Trans. Conn. Acad. Arts & Sci. 15 (1909) 137-51; Horace. The Satires (New York, 1911); Horace. The Epistles (New York, 1911); "A Science of Style" (pres. address) TAPA 46 (1915) 103-18; The Fore-and-Aft Rig in America (New Haven & London, 1927); "The Form of the Epistle in Horace," YCS 2 (1931) 79-114.

  • Notes:

    Morris, like many Americans of his generation, took advanced work in Germany and returned a dedicated student of grammar, influencing many of his students, particularly Arthur Leslie Wheeler, who became a literary critic but never forgot the rigor of Morris' standards. Morris was principally interested in psychological syntax but wrote on historical syntax as well. His favorite author was Plautus, two of whose plays he edited, and he collected a number of old editions of the plays, which he gave to the Yale library. A political liberal, he was an early and active proponent of woman's suffrage. He was an avid sailor; he designed boats as a hobby and even built one, following his third design, called "Tertia," during a vacation. At the time of his death he was at work on "A History of the Curriculum of Yale University from 1701 to Date."

  • Sources:

    NatCAB 28: 56-7; NYTimes (18 Nov. 1938) 22; WhAm 1:867.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.