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Bibliography of Archer Taylor's Proverb Studies*

A first attempt at listing the numerous books and articles by Archer Taylor was made by C. Grant Loomis, "Bibliography of the Writings of Archer Taylor," in Humaniora. Essays in Literature, Folklore, Bibliography. Honoring Archer Taylor on His Seventieth Birthday, ed. by Wayland Hand and Gustave Arlt (Locust Valley/New York: J.J. Augustin, 1960), pp. 356-374. Ten years later, in a second Festschrift for Taylor, Wayland Hand assembled a specific list on "Writings of Archer Taylor on Proverbs and Proverbial Lore," Proverbium, 15 (1970).420-424. Naturally the present bibliography of Archer Taylor's voluminous proverb studies is greatly indebted to these two previous compilations. However, several errors have now been corrected, and in addition, a considerable number of hitherto not recorded studies is included in the present list. It was published for the first time in Wolfgang Mieder (ed.), Selected Writings on Proverbs by Archer Taylor (Helsinki: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia, 1975), pp. 195-203. For detailed annotations of most of Taylor's proverb publications see Wolfgang Mieder, International Proverb Scholarship: An Annotated Bibliography (New York: Garland Publishing, 1982), pp. 449-465 (nos. 1854-1908).

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A number of Taylor's articles have been reprinted in his own essay volume Comparative Studies in Folklore. Asia-Europe-America (Taipei: The Orient Cultural Service, 1972) and in the collection of essays edited by W. Mieder mentioned above. References to these two books are indicated as "Taylor" and "Mieder" respectively.


" 'O du armer Judas'," Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 19 (1920), 318-339.


" 'In the Evening Praise the Day'," Modern Language Notes, 36 (1921), 115-118.


"Proverbia Britannica," Washington University Studies (Humanistic Series), l l (1924), 409-423.


"Sunt tria damna domus," Hessische Blätter für Volkskunde, 24 (1926), 130-146. Mieder, pp. 133-151.


"The Proverbial Formula 'Man sol.'," Zeitschrift für Volkskunde, new series, 2 (1930),152-156. Mieder, pp. 101-105.


The Proverb (Cambridge/Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1931). Rpt. as The Proverb and An Index to "The Proverb" (Hatboro/Pennsylvania: Folklore Associates,1962; and Copenhagen: Rosenkilde and Bagger, 1962).


"An Introductory Bibliography for the Study of Proverbs," Modern Philology, 30 (1932), 195-210. Mieder, pp. 180-194.


An Index to "The Proverb" (Helsinki: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia, 1934). Rpt. as The Proverb and An Index to "The Proverb" (Hatboro/Pennsylvania: Folklore Associates, 1962; and Copenhagen: Rosenkilde and Bagger, 1962).

" 'Niemals' in einem historischen Schweizer Volkslied," in Volkskundliche Gaben. John Meier zum siebzigsten Geburtstag dargebracht, ed. by Erich Seemann and Harry Schewe (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1934), pp. 280-281.

" 'On Tib's Eve, neither before nor after Christmas'," in Studia germanica tillägnade Ernst Albin Kock, ed. by Erik Rooth (Lund: C.W.K. Gleerup, 1934), pp. 385-386.

"Problems in the Study of Proverbs," Journal of American Folklore, 47 (1934), 1-21. Taylor, pp. 21-41; Mieder, pp. 15-39.


Walter Gottschalk, Die sprichwörtlichen Redensarten der französischen Sprache, 2 vols. (Heidelberg 1930), in Modern Philology, 31 (1933-34), 334-335.



Bartlett Jere Whiting, Chaucer's Use of Proverbs (Cambridge/Mass. 1934), in Modern Philology, 32 (1934-35), 431-432.

Hans L. Stoltenberg, Deutsche Weisheitssprache: ihr Weg und ihr Ziel (Lahr 1933), in Germanic Review, 10 (1935), 52.



Ansten Anstensen, The Proverb in Ibsen. Proverbial Sayings and Citations as Elements in his Style (New York 1936), in Germanic Review, 11 (1936), 293-294.

Walter Gottschalk, Die bildhaften Sprichwörter der Romanen, vol. I (Heidelberg 1935), in Modern Philology, 34 (1936-37), 107.

William George Smith, The Oxford Dictionary of English Proverbs (Oxford 1935), in Modern Philology, 34 (1936-37), 202-204.



Walter Gottschalk, Die bildhaften Sprichwörter der Romanen, vol II (Heidelberg 1936), in Journal of American Folklore, 50 (1937), 194.



Grace Frank and Dorothy Miner, eds., Proverbes en rimes: text and illustrations of the fifteenth century from a French manuscript in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore (Baltimore 1937), in Modern Philology, 36 (1938-39), 73-74.

Clarence D. Brenner. Le Developpement du proverbe dramatique en France et sa vogue au XVIIIe siècle avec un proverbe inédit de Carmontelle (Berkeley 1937), in Modern Philology, 36 (193839), 74.

Bartlett Jere Whiting, Proverbs in the Earlier English Drama with Illustrations from Contemporary French Plays (Cambridge/Mass. 1938), in Modern Philology, 36 (1938-39), 102-103.


"The Study of Proverbs," Modern Language Forum, 24 (1939), 5783. (with Bartlett J. Whiting, Francis W. Bradley, Richard Jente, Morris P. Tilley). Mieder, pp. 40-67.


"A Metaphor of the Human Body, in Literature and Tradition," in Corona. Studies in Celebration of the Eightieth Birthday of Samuel Singer, ed. by Arno Schirokauer and Wolfgang Paulsen (Durham/North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1941), pp. 37.

"The Proverb 'The Black Ox has Trod on his Foot' in Renaissance Literature," Philological Quarterly, 20 (1941), 266-278. Mieder, pp. 152-164.

" 'Zwischen Pfingsten und Strassburg'," in Studies in Honor of John Albrecht Walz (Lancaster/Pennsylvania: Lancaster Press, 1941), pp. 21-30.


"Attila and Modern Riddles," Journal of American Folklore, 56 (1943), 136-137.

"Poe, Dr. Lardner, and 'Three Sundays in a Week'," American Notes and Queries, 3 (1943-44), 153-155.


Robert Petsch, Spruchdichtung des Volkes. Vor- und Frühformen der Volksdichtung (Halle 1938), in Germanic Review, 18 (1943), 311-312.



Samuel Singer, Sprichwörter des Mittelalters, 2 vols. (Bern 1946), in Modern Language Notes, 61 (1946), 576.



Charles Earle Funk, A Hog on Ice and other Curious Expressions (New York 1948), in American Speech, 23 (1948), 135-136.

C. Kruyskamp, Apologische Spreekwoorden (The Hague 1947), in Western Folklore, 7 (1948), 316-317.


"Locutions for 'Never'," Romance Philology, 2 (1949), 103-134.

"Wellerisms in Colombia," Western Folklore, 8 (1949), 266-267.


"Die Sonne tanzt am Ostermorgen," Hessische Blätte für Volkskunde, 41 (1950), 195.

" 'Or est venuz qui aunera' and the English Proverbial Phrase 'To Take his Measure'," Modern Language Notes, 65 (1950), 344-345.

"Proverb," in Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend, vo1. II (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1950), pp. 902905.

"Proverbial Phrase," in Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend, vo1. II (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1950), p. 906.

"Quotations and Winged Words (Geflügelte Worte)," in Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend, vol. II (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1950), p. 916.

"Wellerisms," in Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend, vol. II (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1950), pp. 1169-1170.


Burton E. Stevenson, The Home Book of Proverbs, Maxims, and Familiar Phrases (New York 1948), in Journal of American Folklore, 63 (1950), pp. 484-485.

William George Smith and Janet Heseltine, The Oxford Dictionary of English Proverbs, 2nd ed. (Oxford 1948), in Journal of American Folklore, 63 (1950), 113-114.


"California Proverbs and Sententious Sayings," Western Folklore, 10 (1951), 248-249. (with C. Grant Loomis)

"Shakespeare's Wellerisms," Southern Folklore Quarterly, 15 (1951), 170.


Morris Palmer Tilley, A Dictionary of Proverbs in England in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (Ann Arbor/Michigan 1950), in Journal of American Folklore, 64 (1951), 428-429.

Richard Winstedt, ed., Malay Proverbs (London 1950), in Journal of American Folklore, 64 (1951), 235-236.



"A Bibliographical Note on Wellerisms," Journal of American Folklore, 65 (1952), 420-421.

"Dutch in Proverbial and Conventional Use," Western Folklore, 11 (1952), 219.

" 'God's Acre' once more," Modern Language Notes, 67 (1952), 341.

"Investigations of English Proverbs, Proverbial and Conventional Phrases, Oaths and Clichés," Journal of American Folklore, 65 (1952), 255-265.

"Pink Elephants," Journal of American Folklore, 65 (1952),259.

"To get (be) Hep," Journal of American Folklore, 65 (1952), 260.


"Pink Elephants again," Journal of American Folklore, 67 (1954), 238.

Proverbial Comparisons and Similes from California (Berkeley/California: University of California Press, 1954).


"A Curious List of Americanisms," American Speech, 30 (1955), 151-152.

" 'An Old Friend is the Best Friend'," Romance Philology, 9 (1955), 201-205.

Pappity Stampoy, A Collection of Scotch Proverbs (1663), ed. by Archer Taylor (Los Angeles/California: The Augustan Reprint Society, 1955).


David Kin, Dictionary of American Proverbs (New York 1955), in Western Folklore, 14 (1955), 292.


"Proverbial Materials in Two Novels by Harry Harrison Kroll," Bulletin of the Tennessee Folklore Society, 22 (1956), 39-52.

"Proverbial Materials in Two More Novels by Harry Harrison Kroll," Bulletin of the Tennessee Folklore Society, 22 (1956), 73-84.

"Raw Head and Bloody Bones," Journal of American Folklore, 69 (1956),114, 175.

"Some Japanese Proverbial Comparisons," Western Folklore, 15 (1956), 59-60. Taylor, p. 283.

The Shanghai Gesture (Helsinki: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia, 1956). Taylor, pp. 293-366.


Edmund P. Kremer, German Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases with their English Counterparts (Stanford/California 1955), in Western Folklore, 15 (1956), 142-143.

Giuseppe Vatova, Saggio sui proverbi istriani (Turin 1954), in Journal of American Folklore, 69 (1956), 403.


" 'Audi, Vide, Tace,'and theThree Monkeys," Fabula, I (1957), 26-31. Taylor, pp. 287-292; Mieder, pp. 165-171.

" 'No House is Big Enough for Two Women'," Western Folklore, 16 (1957), 121-124. Taylor, pp. 279-282.

"No Soap," Western Folklore, 16 (1957), 198-200.

"Proverbial Comparisons in the Plays of Beaumont and Fletcher," Journal of American Folklore, 70 (1957), 25-36.

"Proverbial Materials in Edward Eggleston, 'The Hoosier Schoolmaster'," in Studies in Folklore, in Honor of distinguished Service, Professor Stith Thompson, ed. by Edson Richmond (Bloomington/Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1957), pp. 262-270.

"Proverbial Materials in Tobias Smollett, 'The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves'," Southern Folklore Quarterly, 21 (1957), 85-92.

"Proverbial Phrases in the Plays of Beaumont and Fletcher," Bulletin of the Tennessee Folklore Society, 23 (1957), 39-59.

"Proverbs in the Plays of William Wycherley," Southern Folklore Quarterly, 21 (1957), 213-217.


Israel Cohen, Parallel Proverbs in English, German and Hebrew (Tel Aviv 1954), in Journal of American Folklore, 70 (1957), 8081.

V.H. Collins, A Book of English Idioms with Explanations (London 1956), in Journal of American Folklore, 70 (1957), 81.


A Dictonary of American Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases, 18201880 (Cambridge/Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1958). (with Bartlett Jere Whiting)

" 'All is not Gold that Glitters' and 'Rolandslied', 1956," Romance Philology, 11 (1958), 370-371.

"Americanisms Current in 1845," Western Folklore, 17 (1958), 280-281.

"Feed a Cold and Starve a Fever," Journal of American Folklore, 71 (1958), 190.

"More Proverbial Comparisons from California," Western Folklore, 17 (1958), 12-20.

"No House is Big Enough for Two Women," Western Folklore, 17 (1958), 123.

"Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases in the Plays of Thomas Middleton," Southern Folklore Quarterly, 23 (1958), 79-89.

"Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases in the Writings of Mary N. Murfree (Charles Egnert Craddock)," Bulletin of the Tennessee Folklore Society, 24 (1958), 11-50.

"Snakes in Virginia," Western Folklore, 17 (1958), 277.

" 'Sop- gravy'," Western Folklore, 17 (1958), 126-127.

"The Customer is Always Right," Western Folklore, 17 (1958), 54-55.

" 'Tom, Dick, and Harry',"Names, 6 (1958), 51-54.


August F. Schmidt, Danmarks Byremser (Copenhagen 1957), in Southern Folklore Quarterly, 22 (1958), 210-211.


" 'All is not Gold that Glitters' and Hypothetical Reconstructions," Syn og Segn (1959), 129-132.

"Americanisms in 'The Log of a Cowboy'," Western Folklore, 18 (1959), 39-41.

"Some Americanisms in James Hall, 'Legends of the West' (Philadelphia 1833)," Western Folklore, 18 (1959), 331.

"The Use of Proper Names in Wellerisms and Folk Tales," Western Folklore, 18 (1959), 287-293. Mieder, pp. 106-114.


"I am Thine and Thou art Mine," in Hommages à Georges Dumézil (Bruxelles: Revue d'études latines, 1960), pp. 201208. Taylor, pp. 267-274.

"Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases in the Plays of John Marston," Southern Folklore Quarterly, 24 (1960),193-216.

"Proverbs in the Plays of Beaumont and Fletcher," Southern Folklore Quarterly, 24 (1960), 77-100.

"Wellerisms and Riddles," Western Folklore, 19 (1960),55-56.


" 'No Soap' once more," Western Folklore, 20 (1961), 114.

"Proverbi marinari inglesi," in Ethnografia e Folklore del Mare (Rome 1961), pp. 705-711.

"Some Proverbial Expressions from Bayard Taylor's 'Story of Kennett'," Keystone Folklore Quarterly, 6 (1961), 23-24.


"A Man Must Live," Western Folklore, 21 (1962), 112.

"Proverbial Comparisons and Similes in 'On Troublesome Creek'," Kentucky Folklore Record, 8 (1962), 87-96.

"Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases in Roger L'Estrange, 'The Fables of Aesop'," Southern Folklore Quarterly, 26 (1962), 232-245.

"The Months Without an R in Their Names," Western Folklore, 21 (1962),109.

"The Proverb and An Index to "The Proverb " (Hatboro/Pennsylvania: Folklore Associates, 1962; and Copenhagen: Rosenkilde and Bagger,1962).

"The Wisdom of Many and the Wit of One," Swarthmore College Bulletin, 59 (1962), 4-7. Mieder, pp. 68-73. Also reprinted in W. Mieder and Alan Dundes (eds.), The Wisdom of Many: Essays on the Proverb (New York: Garland Publishing, 1981), pp. 3-9.


"A False Alarm," Western Folklore, 22 (1963), 271.

" 'He That Will Not When He May, When He Will Shall Have Nay'," in Studies in Old English Literature in Honor of Arthur G. Brodeur, ed. by Stanley B. Greenfield (Eugene/Oregon: University of Oregon Book, 1963), pp. 155-161.

"Peacock on the Wall," American Notes and Queries, 1 (1963), 136.


"An Armful of New Books: ... 'Proverbs,' ...," in Revista de Etnografia, 1 (1963), 219-222.



"John Braine's Proverbs," Western Folklore, 23 (1964), 42-43.

"Notes on North Carolina Proverbs in NCF, 1, 26-27," North Carolina Folklore, 12 (1964), 13-14.

"The History of a Proverbial Pattern," in Classical, Mediaeval and Renaissance Studies in Honor of Berthold Louis Ullman, ed. by Charles Henderson, vol. II (Rome: Edizioni di storia e letteratura, 1964), pp. 483-489. Taylor, pp. 241-247; Mieder, pp. 115-121.


"A few Additional nineteenth-century American Proverbs," North Carolina Folklore, 13 (1965), 37-38.

"The Study of Proverbs," Proverbium, 1 (1965), 1-10. Mieder, pp. 74-83.

" 'Hell,' Said the Duchess," Proverbium, 2 (1965), 32.

"Proverbial Phrases not Proverbs, in Breughel's Painting," Proverbium, 3 (1965), 57.

"The Road to 'An Englishman's House'," Romance Philology, 19 (1965), 279-285.


" 'Neither Fish nor Flesh' and its Variations," Journal of the Folklore Institute, 3 (1966),3-9. Mieder, pp. 122-128.


"Ragtag and Bobtail," American Notes and Queries, 6 (1967) 24-25.

"Stolen Fruit is Always the Sweetest," Proverbium, 7 (1967), 145149.

"The Collection and Study of Proverbs." Proverbium, 8 (1967), 161176. Mieder, pp. 84-100.


Frances M. Barbour, ed., Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases of Illinois (Carbondale/lllinois 1965), in Proverbium, 9 (1967) 222-223.

Ya. I.Kalontarov, Tadzhikskie poslovitsy i pogovorkii v analogii s russkimi (Dushanbe 1965), in Proverbium, 9 (1967), 223.

Giuseppe Vatova, Raccolta sui proverbi istriani, 2nd ed. (Venezia Lido 1963), in Proverbium, 9 (1967), 223-224.


"And Marie Antoinette Said ...," Revista de Etnografia, 11 (1968), 245-260. Taylor, pp. 249-265.

"Bad Money Drives out Good," American Notes and Queries, 7 (1968), 124.

"It is Good Fishing in Troubled (Muddy) Waters," Proverbium, 11 (1968), 268-275. Mieder, pp. 172-179.

"Method in the History and Interpretation of a Proverb: 'A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place'," Proverbium, 10 (1968), 235-238. Mieder, pp. 129-132.

" 'This too Will Pass' (Jason 910 Q)," in Volksüberlieferung. Festschrift für Kurt Ranke zur Vollendung des 60. Lebensjahres, ed. by Fritz Harkort, Karel C. Peeters and Robert Wildhaber (Göttingen: O. Schwartz, 1968), pp. 345-350.

"To Be on His Own Log," American Notes and Queries, 7 (1968),55

"Truth Hangs upon the Log," American Notes and Queries, 7 (1968), 55.

" 'When Wine is In, Wit is Out'," in Nordica et Anglica. Studies in Honor of Stefán Einarsson, ed. by Allan H. Orrick (The Hague: Mouton, 1968), pp. 53-56. Taylor, pp. 275-278.


"How Nearly Complete Are the Collections of Proverbs?" Proverbium, 14 (1969), 369-371.

"To Face the Music," American Notes and Queries, 7 (1969), 120.

"To Go it Baldheaded," American Notes and Queries, 7 (1969), 88.

"To Hoe One's Row in Africa," American Notes and Queries, 8 (1969), 7-8.


"As Light as a Feather," Folklore Research Center Studies, 1 (1970), 95-96.

"Prostitution the Oldest Profession," A merican Notes and Queries, 8 (1970), 88-89.


"Innocent as a Bird," American Notes and Queries, 10 (1971), 40.

" 'Leave no Stone Unturned' or an Afternoon with a Historical Dictionary of Proverbs," Proverbium, 16 (1971),553-556.

"Sore as a Pup," American Notes and Queries, 9 (1971), 41.

"To Cut the Mustard," American Notes and Queries, 9 (1971), 153.


F.P. Wilson, ed., The Oxford Dictionary of English Proverbs (compiled by William George Smith). (Oxford 1970), in Proverbium, 16 (1971), 607.


Comparative Studies in Folklore. Asia - Europe - America (Taipei: The Orient Cultural Service, 1972). (a collection of 27 earlier folklore studies).

" 'Out of the Horse's Mouth'," American Notes and Queries, 10 (1972), 72.


J. Harold Stephens, Echoes of a Passing Era (Fairborn/Ohio 1972), in Proverbium, 18 (1972), 692.


"Small Remarks," Proverbium, 21 (1973), 807.

"To Go Haywire (the last contribution to Proverbium)." Proverbium, 22 (1973), 820.


"The Collection and Study of Tales and Proverbs," Béaloideas, 39-41 (1971-73, published 1975), 320-328.

*Reprinted from Archer Taylor's The Proverb and An Index to "The Proverb", Peter Lang, Bern, 1985, pp. XL- LIII.

Wolfgang Mieder
Department of German and Russian
Waterman Building
University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont 05405


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