MS - 066: Dissertation of George S. Warthen - "A Study of the Rolliad"
MS - 066: The Papers of George Saylor Warthen
(1 box, .27 cubic feet)
Inclusive Dates: 1924-1954
George S. Warthen was a professor of English at
As part of his graduate work at
“Someone hit on the happy idea of a mock review of a mock epic, and thus Criticisms of the Rolliad began. The successive numbers of this production appeared, from time to time, in The Morning Herald, and won instantaneous popularity; when collected in book-form, they ran through twenty-two editions. Each number professed to be a commentary on a new epic that had just appeared. This mythical composition, The Rolliad, took its name from one of the chief butts of its wit, John Rolle, M.P. for
The Warthen collection is divided into two series. Series I: “Other Satires” and Series II: A Study of the Rolliad.
Scope and Content Notes
This collection is the typed manuscript “A Study of the Rollaid” as well as the handwritten notes by Warthen. The majority of the collection is the manuscript, which consists of four chapters and an appendix. The notes are generally simple lists, mostly of other sources used by Warthen. These notes were for personal use and are for the most part check lists of other works or names. Series I is a miscellaneous collection of handwritten lists and notes. Most are labeled as “other satires”, however a few have categories such as “history” or “biographies.” Series II are the typed chapters of Warthen’s manuscript, entitled “A Study of the Rolliad.”