James Holly Hanford

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James Holly Hanford
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Died1969(1969-00-00) (aged 86–87)
Alma materHarvard University
Known forScholarship on John Milton
Notable work
He contributed to the Cyclopedia Americana
Spouse(s)Hellen Margaret Ellwanger
ChildrenMargaret E.
Barbara E.
Grace E.

James Holly Hanford (1882 - 1969) was a professor and author known for his scholarship on John Milton. He taught at Harvard University, Case Western Reserve University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Princeton, and Kenyon. His students included Waverley Turner Carmichael, Paul Green and C. A. Patrides. The Milton Society of America awards the James Holly Hanford Award in his name.[1] He wrote A Milton Handbook. Princeton University has a collection of his correspondence mostly related to his research of Milton.[2]

He received a Phd from Harvard in 1909.[3]

He contributed to the Cyclopedia Americana. He co-authored The teaching of literature.

He married Hellen Margaret Ellwanger in 1909 and they had three children: Margaret E., Barbara E., and Grace E.[4]

A Milton Evening in Honor of James Holly Hanford was published in 1948.[5]

He wrote about his experiences at Chapel Hill.[6]


  • A Milton Handbook
  • John Milton, Englishman[7]
  • The Nelson handbook of English
  • A Restoration Reader
  • The chronology of Milton's private studies, Modern Language Association of America, 1921
  • The Arrangement & Dates of Milton's Sonnets

External Links


  1. "James Holly Hanford Award Recipients (Book) | The Milton Society of America".
  2. "James Holly Hanford Correspondence | Princeton University Library Special Collections". library.princeton.edu.
  3. https://english.case.edu/james-holly-hanford-1927-1953/
  4. "Bio | Faculty History Project". faculty-history.dc.umich.edu.
  5. "A Milton evening in honor of James Holly Hanford". The New School. January 27, 1948 – via Open WorldCat.
  6. Avery, Laurence G. (November 9, 2000). "A Paul Green Reader". Univ of North Carolina Press – via Google Books.
  7. https://www.nytimes.com/1949/10/23/archives/the-frustrated-and-heroic-milton-john-milton-englishman-by-james.html

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