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Bulletin Of The Comediantes Vol. IV Fall, 1952 No. 2 Milton Alexander Buchanan (1878-1952) by Harry W. Hilborn, Queen's University After an illness of several months, Milton Alexander Buchanan, B.A., Ph.D., F.R.S.C, Professor Emeritus of Italian and Spanish at the University of Toronto, passed away at his home in Toronto on May 7, 1952. He is survived by his widow, formerly Marie Avery of Galena, Illinois. Up to his last illness, Professor Buchanan had continued active in scholarship and had maintained his wide and effective influence upon the academic world. For the sponsorship of Hispanic and allied studies in Canada, his mantle has now fallen upon other shoulders, and his memory will inspire in those who follow him a deep and abiding consciousness of their responsibilities. Professor Buchanan was born in the village of Zurich, near Lake Huron in Western Ontario, on July 17, 1878. His parents were Dr. George Buchanan, a physician, and Emma Zeller Buchanan. After passing through the elementary and secondary schools of his local district, the future Hispanicist enrolled in the honors course in Modern Languages at the Universisity of Toronto in 1897, graduating from that university in 1901. He then carried on post-graduate studies at the University of Chicago and also at the European universities of Paris and Madrid, coming under the guidance of such well-known scholars as Gaston Paris, Morel-Fatio, and Menéndez Pidal. He attained his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1906. At the University of Chicago he served as Fellow, Assistant in French, Associate in the Department of Romance Languages, and Acting Dean of the Arts College. In 1906 Dr. Buchanan returned to his university as Lecturer in Italian and Spanish. Promotions came in a rapid sequence, and in 1916 he became full professor. The following year, he was appointed Head of the Department. For the next twenty-nine years this department expanded under his leadership , in post-graduate as well as undergraduate studies.. Early in his career Professor Buchanan's ability and achievements were widely recognized. In 1924 he was elected Chairman of the General Committee for the investigation of methods of modern language instruction in Canada. In 1932 he was elected president of the Modern Language Association of America. In 1935 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada . He has served also as an associate editor of Hispanic Review and as a member of the editorial committee of the British Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. Professor Buchanan's publications are numerous and familiar in particular to specialists in Spanish literature of the Siglo de Oro. In all his work, he has been known as an exponent of meticulous accuracy and of an exhaustive mastery of pertinent biblography . A modest man, he worked not for gain or glory but as though moved by an insatiable curiosity about literature and authors. The considerable bulk of his published work was not achieved through any sacrifice of thoroughness, and evidence of superficiality or haste in scholarly production was al- BULLETIN OF THE COMEDIANTES Published in the Spring and Fall by the Comediantes, an informal, international group of all those interested in the comedia. Editor Everett W. Hesse University of Wisconsin Madison 6, Wis. Subscription: $1 a year ways especially irritating to him. With his passion for bibliography, the world of books was for him a living world, in which his keen interest led him to pose, and seek solutions for, a wide range of problems in literary technique and relationships among authors. His writings stand as a permanent monument to his industry and patience. While the world of books was especially cherished by Professor Buchanan, it was by no means the only one from which he could derive satisfactions. He made the acquaintance of common people and took delight in their conversation. Even the petty concerns and the superstitions of servants were included within the range of his interest in humanity. He was genial and generous in all his relationships. His sense of humor was keen, and at times his laughter could verge on the boisterous. Moreover, having spent his early years in a small village, he always retained a...

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ISSN
1944-0928
Print ISSN
0007-5108
Pages
pp. 1-2
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-08
Open Access
No
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