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Helen Waddell, an early twentieth-century scholar in the field of medieval studies and especially Latin verse, was the author of scholarly monographs and translations (from Chinese as well as Latin), and of plays, articles, reviews, short fictions based on the Bible, religious writings, "newspaper columns . . . and personal letters." Bibliographic Citation link. She acquired fame in her lifetime as a popular historian of the period she studied, and her lyrics have had an unusually strong appeal for composers of song-settings.
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31 May 1889 HW was born to British missionary parents in Tokyo, Japan, the youngest child in a family of ten. Bibliographic Citation link.
After August 1929 Helen Waddell's Medieval Latin Lyrics was an immensely scholarly translated volume whose imaginative force and literary flair nevertheless gave it wide general appeal. Bibliographic Citation link.
By May 1933 Helen Waddell published a historical novel entitled Peter Abelard (in which, naturally, Heloise is also an important figure). Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
5 March 1965 HW died in London, at the Whittington Hospital in Highgate, following pneumonia and bronchitis. Bibliographic Citation link.
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