Francis James Child was a renown American Folklorist. He is most famous for writing English And Scottish Popular Ballads. The most highly regarded text on the subject. The ballads he collected are now often referred to as Child Ballads
Child was born on February 1, 1825 in Boston, Massachusetts. He went to Boston Latin School and graduated from Harvard in 1846. After this he did much work in the field of English poetry, particularly that of Spenser and Chaucer. After his work in this field, began to work English And Scottish Popular Ballads which was to be his life's work. He died on September 11, 1896.