The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Francke, Kuno

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FRANCKE, Kuno, German-American educator and author: b. Kiel, Germany, 27 Sept. 1855. His life work became associated with Harvard University, where he was instructor from 1884-87; assistant professor of German 1887-92, and of German literature 1892-96; professor of history and of German kultur from 1896; and curator of the Germanic Museum from 1902. He received his early education at Kiel gymnasium, graduating in 1873, and at the University of Munich, attaining his Ph.D. in 1878. He received the degrees of LL.D. University of Wisconsin 1904, and Litt.D. Harvard University 1912, and from the German imperial government the title of Chevalier Royal Prussian Order Red Eagle and Order of the Crown. His early works published in Germany include: ‘Zur Geschichte der Schulpoesie des 12 Jahrhunderts’ (1878); ‘De Hymno in Cererem Homerico’ (1880); ‘Libelli de Lite Imperatorum et Pontificum’ (1892). After settling in the United States he published ‘Social Forces in German Literature’ (1896); ‘Glimpses of Modern German Culture’ (1898); ‘History of German Literature’ (1901); ‘Handbook of the Germanic Museum’ (1906); ‘German Ideals of To-day’ (1907); ‘Die Kulturwerte der deutschen Literatur des Mittelalters’ (1910); ‘A German-American's Confession of Faith’ (1915); ‘Personality in German Literature before Luther’ (1916); ‘The German Spirit’ (1916); editor-in-chief ‘The German Classics’ (1914).