A Guide to the James Blanton Wharey Papers, 1888-1942
English professor James Blanton Wharey was born in Cumberland County, Virginia, on March 4, 1872. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Davidson College, North Carolina. Wharey was professor of English at Peabody College, Nashville when he got his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1904. In January 1912 Wharey joined the English faculty of the University of Texas, where he became professor in 1924. His most relevant work was his definitive edition of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress (1928), contemporaneously acclaimed as "the finest achievement in critical bibliography within recent years."
Robert Adger Law, "WHAREY, JAMES BLANTON," Handbook of Texas Online, accessed November 20, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Correspondence, lecture notes, research notes, papers, drafts and miscellaneous printed material comprise the James Blanton Wharey Papers, 1888-1942. The collection includes a draft of Wharey’s edition of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress and miscellaneous materials concerning his work about Bunyan and Robert Browning.
This collection is open for research use.
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James Blanton Wharey Papers, 1888-1942, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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