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by William J Entwistle
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1939. The author's intent was to attempt to set down answers to a number of questions that had been nagging at him such as: what are ballads? who made them, and for whom? what purpose do they serve? why do they die? and so on. Contents Book I. Ballads in General: People and Poets; What is a Ballad? Performance; Tunes; Kinds and Dates; How Ballads Spread; The Descent of Ballads; The Ascent of Ballads. Contents Book II. Ballads in Particular: Romance Ballads; Nordic Ballads; Balkan Ballads; and Russian Ballads.
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