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ROLFE, William James, editor, born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, 10 December, 1827. His youth was spent in Lowell, Massachusetts, and in 1845 he entered Amherst. Although he was not graduated, the college authorities afterward enrolled his name among the regular graduates of 1849. On leaving college he taught in Maryland and Massachusetts, finally settling in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1862, as master of the high-school, which post he resigned in 1868. Since 1869 he has been an editor of the "Popular Science News," formerly the "Boston Journal of Chemistry," and for several years he has had charge of the Shakespeariana in the "Literary World." The degree of A.M. was conferred on him by Harvard ill 1859 and by Amhersst in 1865, and that of Litt. D. by Amherst in 1887. With Joseph H. Hanson he published a "Hand-Book of Latin Poetry" (Boston, 1865) ; "Selections from Ovid and Virgil" (1866; 2d ed., 1867); and with Joseph A. Gillet "The Cambridge Course of Physics," including "Chemistry," "Natural Philosophy," and "Astronomy" (6 vols., 1867-'8). In 1867 he published an edition of George L. Craik's "English of Shakespeare," which led to the preparation of "The Friendly Edition" of Shakespeare (40 vols., New York, 1870-'83). Mr. Rolfe has also edited " Select Poems of Goldsmith" (1875) ; " Select Poems of Gray" (1876) ; Tennyson's " Select Poems " (1884); " Young People's Tennyson " (1886); "Select Poems of Browning" (1887) ; " Enoch Arden, and other Poems" (1887) ; Scott's " Complete Poems" (1887); " Blot in the Scutcheon, and other Dramas of Browning" (1887) ; Byron's "Childe Harold " (1887); " Minor Poems of Milton" (1887); "Tales of Chivalry, from Scott" (1888);" Tales from English History" (1888); "Select Poems of Wordsworth" (1888) ; and Thomas Babington Macaulay's "Lays of Ancient Rome" (1888).
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