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Thread #50964 Message #876728
Posted By: Liam's Brother
28-Jan-03 - 01:12 PM
Thread Name: Child Ballad CD Rom?
Subject: RE: Child Ballad CD Rom?
Years ago, I found the Helen Child Sargent & George Lyman Kittredge abridgement very helpful in becoming familiar with the Child ballads. Basically, a person can curl up with that book and have a pretty good understanding of the collection within a few days. I recommend it to anyone wanting to sink his or her teeth into Child. Where you go after that, original editions, Dover reprints of the originals, newly updated print editions or computer editions, depends more on your financial resources, working preferences and tastes.
On the CD edition... think about Spell Check on a computer word processing program. It is a great tool but it is no substitute for knowing a language. Know the ballads (if that's what you want to do) and "searchable" may not be so important. But, again, for many it will come down to whether thay really want books or whether they will be happy enough with CDs.
I would love to have a copy of Bronson. Just think of all those melodies in one place! Print or paper Bronson? I don't know yet.
All the best,