Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bibliographic information on Jerome Taylor

This past Christmas, I discovered that my sister-in-law is the granddaughter of Jerome Taylor, the medievalist who translated Hugh of St. Victor's Didascalicon and M.-D. Chenu's famous study Nature, Man and Society in the Twelfth Century.

Since then I've been working on reconstructing Taylor's academic career, more as a personal hobby in the same way that someone might work on a family genealogy. It has been somewhat confusing, as there is another scholar with the name L. Jerome Taylor (who seems to be a Walker Percy scholar). Often the two Jeromes are actually conflated into one author heading in catalogs (see here for further thoughts on the perils of metadata).

I'm compiling a sketchy vitae of his work, and I thought I'd ask whether anyone had further information that they could offer. Here's what I've got:

1957: The Origin and Early Life of Hugh St. Victor: An Evaluation of the Tradition, Notre Dame: Mediaeval Institute, 70 p.

1960-61: Chaucer Criticism- Vol. I, The Canterbury Tales, Vol. II. Troilus and Criseyde and the Minor Poems. Ed. Richard J. Schoeck and Jerome Taylor. Notre Dame: University Press, 1960,1961.

1961: Hugh of St. Victor. Didascalicon. Jerome Taylor, trans. New York: Columbia University Press.

1964: Guggenheim fellow in the humanities for medieval literature.

1966: first meeting of the Medieval Association of the Pacific, Jerome Taylor spoke with 5 others on an unknown topic ( The journal Chronica was started the next year, and Taylor published regularly in it.

1968: M.-D. Chenu, Nature, Man, and Society in the Twelfth Century: essays on new theological perspectives in the Latin West, trans. Jerome Taylor and Lester K. Little, University of Chicago Press.

1970: Panel Discussion, “The Medieval Villain” at the Midwest Medieval History Conference, Oct. 10th, Madison WI, with Joseph R. Berrigan, Jr. and Sarah M. Farley (Taylor listed as professor at University of Wisconsin). From the meeting minutes (
“…a certain man of letters, Jerome Taylor by name, did boldly point to his candidate, the Blessed Bernard of Clairvaux, and then proceeded with dialectical (say rather "diabolical") wit, to transmute the greatest virtues into the the greatest vices: and--wonderful to say--everyone laughed, some because it seemed preposterous, others because it seemed true, while yet some few laughed because they were inwardly proposing to themselves still other medieval worthies no less ridiculous--what more need I say?--the session dissolved, by divine inspiration as it were, into howls of glee, and cackles of delight…”
1972: Medieval English Drama, ed. Jerome Taylor and Alan H. Nelson, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

1996: From the University of Chicago Magazine, June 1996,
"Jerome Taylor, AM'45, PhD'59, professor emeritus of English language & literature at the University of Wisconsin, died January 21 at age 77. The author of seven books, he had also taught at Dartmouth, Notre Dame, and Chicago. Survivors include his wife, Rose; five sons; four daughters, including Jane Taylor Fary, AB'71; and 13 grandchildren."

1 comment:

  1. Doing research as an undergraduate at UChicago I've just discovered that a Jerome Taylor checked out the book "The Cooperative Extension Service" edited by H.C. Sanders on April 27, 1968. A strange footnote to this post if indeed it is the same man; I wonder what connection, if any, the book had to his medieval work. He listed his office as Wieboldt 205.