[picture]Allan Abbott Collection
Allan Abbott (1876-1956) was an English teacher at the Horace Mann School at Teachers College, Columbia University from 1902-1913, and head of the English department there from 1907 on. After completing his M.A. at Harvard in 1911, he was appointed Assistant Professor of English in 1913. Abbott was promoted in 1921 to Associate Professor, in 1928 to Full Professor, and to Emeritus Professor of English in 1942, the year of his retirement as head of the Department of the Teaching of English. Throughout his tenure he worked to have English teachers reform their pedagogy by tailoring their selection of literature to student interests. After Professor Abbott’s retirement from the college he taught as a visiting professor at Wabash College, Indiana, and from 1944-54 he served as editor of literature and textbooks on the humanities for the American Book Company.

Abbott’s academic accomplishments included having his 1912 article “The Aims of High School English” taken almost verbatim by the committee that authored the influential 1917 report “Reorganization of English in Secondary Schools” published by the U.S. Bureau of Education. He was elected in 1917 as President of the National Council of Teachers of English. Abbott also devised new methods for testing poetic appreciation, culminating in the Abbott-Trabue test issued in 1921. His work also included substantial contributions to the New York State “Syllabus for English in Secondary Schools,” as well as edited versions of classic literary texts including Shakespeare’s Hamlet and John Milton’s “Tractate of Education.” Beyond his academic work, Professor Abbott achieved popular recognition for his satirical works published between 1932 and 1935.
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[thumbnail] Composition Standards a Study Based on Themes from the Washington Irving High School New York City
by A. Abbott (1927)
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[thumbnail] A Pageant of National Ideals
by A. Abbott (1917)
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[thumbnail] A Measure of Ability to Judge Poetry
by A. Abbott & M. R. Trabue (1921)
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[thumbnail] The Imaginative Element in Poetry
by A. Abbott (1926)
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[thumbnail] Rhythm in Poetry
by A. Abbott (1927)
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[thumbnail] The Fable of the Integrated Zoo
by A. Abbott (1934)
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[thumbnail] A New Integration for Literature
by A. Abbott (1935)
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[thumbnail] The Night Before the Fourth
by A. Abbott (1936)
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[thumbnail] The Intellectual Content of Poetry
by A. Abbott (1937)
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[thumbnail] Allan Abbott: Biographical Sketches
by J. Deitch (3/22/1956)
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[thumbnail] A Laboratory Course in Problems of English Teaching
by A. Abbott (1942)
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[thumbnail] Professional Preparation--Past and Future: English Teaching: A Look Back--A Look Ahead
by A. Abbott (1944)
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[thumbnail] Franklin T. Baker, 1864-1949
by A. Abbott (1949)
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[thumbnail] In These Bad Days
by A. Abbott (circa 1935)
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[thumbnail] Dramatic Revivals at Columbia
by A. Abbott (1934)
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