John Webster Spargo

Fellow: Awarded 1930

Field of Study: Medieval Literature

Fellow: Awarded 1936

Field of Study: Medieval Literature

Competition: US & Canada

Born: 03-06-1896

Died: 09-06-1956

As published in the Foundation’s Report for 1929–30:

Spargo, John Webster:  Appointed for a study of the legends, medieval and modern, which developed about the name of the Latin poet Publius Virgilius Maro, in European libraries; tenure, twelve months from September 1, 1930.

Born March 6, 1896, at Saint Louis, Missouri. Education: Washington University, Saint Louis, A.B., 1920, A.M., 1921; Harvard University, A.M., 1925, Ph.D., 1926 (Austin and Harris resident Fellowships, 1924–25, 1925–26; Dexter Travelling Fellowship, Summer, 1925; Sheldon Travelling Fellowship, 1926–27).

Assistant and Instructor in English, 1920–23, Washington University, Saint Louis; Assistant Professor of English, 1927–29, Associate Professor, 1929—, Northwestern University; Assistant Professor of German, University of Chicago, Summer quarter, 1928; Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Chicago, Autumn quarter, 1928; Summer School, Northwestern University, 1929, 1930.

Publications: “Chaucer’s Shipman’s Tale,” Folklore Fellows Communications 91, 1930; translator of Holger Pedersen’s “Sprogvidenskaben I det nittende aarhundrede,” as “Linguistic Science in the Nineteenth Century,” 1930. Articles and reviews in Journal of American Folklore, Litteris, Modern Language Notes, Modern Philology, Neuphilogische Mitteilungen, Washington University Studies.