Thompson, Stith

Thompson, Stith

(1885–1976) folklorist; born in Bloomfield, Ky. At Indiana University (1921–55) he created a preeminent center for folklore studies. He established folklore as an academic discipline and founded the Folklore Institutes of America. Among his numerous publications his major contribution was the seminal Motif-Index of Folk-Literature (6 vols. 1932–36, revised 1955–58), which catalogues all the recurrent subjects, characters, themes, etc., in the folklore of the world.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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Thompson, Stith (1955-1958) Motif-index of folk literature.
Thompson, Stith (1932) Motif-index of folk-literature.