George Oliver Curme

George Oliver Curme. American grammarian and philologist and professor of German, best known for his Grammar of the German Language ( 1905 , revised 1922 ) and for its syntax ( 1931 ) and parts of speech and accident ( 1935 ), the third and second respectively are volumes of Grammar of the English Language by Curme and Hans Kurath .


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  • 1 Biographical synthesis
    • 1 Studies
    • 2 His work
      • 2.1 Scope and content
    • 3 Books
    • 4 Withdrawal
    • 5 Death
  • 2 Bibliography

Biographical synthesis

He was born in the United States , in Richmond , Indiana , on January 14 , 1860 , the son of Arthur Allen and Elizabeth Jane .


He received most of his education at DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind., And the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

He also did postgraduate studies at the University of Berlin . Its main squares of teachers were at Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa ( 1886 -96), and Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. ( 1896 – 1933 ).

His work

He was a prolific writer, as well as an active member of many professional associations, including the Modern Language Association of America (of which he was president), the Linguistic Society of America, the National Institute of Social Sciences, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Curme’s Grammar of the German Language is one of the best works in its field, among non-German books. His English grammars are very conservative.

Scope and content

His documents consist entirely of a small amount of biographical material and the manuscript of Grammar of the English Language, included with the biographical material are press clippings, press releases, and obituaries.

Also included are two sets of correspondence, one involving the donation of a portrait of Curme to the university and another between the Minnesota State Historical Society and various university officials regarding Curme’s involvement in the discovery of the Kensington Rune Stone. in 1898 .

The most important part of the collection is an English Language Grammar manuscript, which clearly reflects the meticulous care and depth of approach that Curme took in writing and revising her work.


  • Principles and practice of English grammar, (College outline series)
  • A Grammar of the German Language
  • A Grammar of the German Language: Designed for a Thoro and Practical Study of the Language As Spoken and Written …
  • Syntax, (A grammar of the English language)
  • Glycols, by George Oliver Curme Jr. and Franklin Johnston
  • A Grammar of the German Language: Designed for a Thorough and Practical Study of the Language As Spoken and Written …
  • English grammar (College outline series)
  • A first German grammar
  • Selected Poems from Premi Res Et Nouvelles Meditations (French Edition)

by George Oliver Curme and Alphonse De Lamartine

  • Selected Poems from Premières Et Nouvelles Méditations (French Edition)

by George Oliver Curme and Alphonse De Lamartine


After his retirement from Northwestern, Curme taught from 1934 to 1939 at the University of Southern California , Los Angeles .


He died in Richmond , Ind., On April 29 , 1948 , White Plains, New York , United States .


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