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Selected Poetry of William Herbert Carruth (1859-1924)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Some call it Evolution,
And others call it God.
        (Each in his own Tongue, 7-8)
  1. Each in his own Tongue
  2. Nature's Epitaph


Notes on Life and Works

William Herbert Carruth, born on April 5, 1859, near Osawatomie, Kansas, received his B.A. in modern languages at the University of Kansas (1880), studied at the Universities of Berlin and Munich, and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University (1889, 1893). He served as Professor of Modern Languages and then German at the University of Kansas throughout his life. His many academic publications in German studies included textbooks, editions, and translations. In 1908 G. P. Putnam's Sons published his Each in his own Tongue and Other Poems, titled after a poem that first appeared about the turn of the century in the New England Magazine and that very quickly became internationally celebrated. In June 1882, Carruth married Frances Schlegel, who served as Professor of Modern Languages at Kansas until her death in 1908. They had one daughter. On June 10, 1910, he married Katherine Kent Morton. Carruth died in 1924.

Biographical information

Given name: William Herbert
Family name: Carruth
Title: Professor
Birth date: 5 April 1859
Death date: 1924
Nationality: American
Education
          University of Kansas (B.A.) to 1880
          Harvard University (D.P.H.) to 1889
          Harvard University (Ph.D.) to 1893
Religion: Unitarian
Occupation: Professor
First RPO edition: 2002