North American Scholar

TAYLOR, Joseph Richard

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1858-01-11
  • Born City: New York
  • Born State/Country: NY
  • Parents: Henry & Caroline Louise Southard T.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1955-08-12
  • Death City: West Newton
  • Death State/Country: MA
  • Married: Elvira Louise Polhemus, 25 Dec. 1882.
  • Education:

    A.B. Wesleyan, 1882; A.M., 1885; study at Leipzig & Berlin, in Greece & Italy, 1886-8; A.M. Harvard, 1894.

  • Professional Experience:

    Prof. Gk. Hamline U. (St. Paul, MN), 1882-6; instr. Gk. & Lat. Northwestern U., 1888-91; asst. prof, to prof. Gk. & Lat. Boston U., 1891-1901; prof. Gk., 1901-38; ed. Copley Drama Series; ed. Bostonia (Boston U. alumni mag.) 1904-31.

  • Publications:

    The Story of the Drama: Beginnings to the Commonwealth (ed.) (Boston, 1930); "Early American Drama," Bostonia (Feb. & Mar., 1933); Ewopean and Asiatic Plays: From Euripides to Shirley, 431 B.C. to 1642 A.D. (Boston, 1936).Translations: The Captives of Plautus (Boston, 1936); Dulcitius of Hros-wltha (Boston, 1936); The Medea of Euripides (Boston, 1936); The Medea of Seneca (Boston, 1936); The Menaechmi of Plautus (Boston, 1936).

  • Notes:

    Known as "Daddy" to three generations of students, Professor Taylor enjoyed a long career as professor of Greek and Latin and is remembered at Boston University as a brilliant teacher and ardent lover of drama.

  • Sources:

    Bostonia (Mar. 1949 & Oct. 1955); WhAm 3:843.

  • Author: Elizabeth B. Rodman