(23 August 1855
–8 February 1921
) was an American academic
known for a series of textbooks including English Composition,
studies of Cotton Mather
and William Shakspere, A Literary History of America, The France of Today,
and The Traditions of European Literature.
Born in Boston, he graduated from Harvard in 1877. In 1880 was appointed Instructor in English there. He was Assistant Professor of English from 1888 to 1898, and a Professor of English from 1898 to 1917.
He was a trustee of the Boston Athenaeum, a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1916. He received honorary degrees from Harvard, Columbia University, and Strasbourg. He died in Boston.
- Staff report (February 9, 1921). BARRETT WENDELL OF HARVARD DEAD; Professor of English Literature for 37 Years Succumbs in His Boston Home at 66. NOTED LECTURER-AUTHOR One of the Most Brilliant Research Men in Letters--Became Professor Emeritus in 1917. New York Times
- http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~nnnotables/zbawe.html Barrett Wendell genealogy chart]