Born: May 24, 1892, Co­lum­bus, In­di­a­na.

Died: June 13, 1976, Win­ches­ter, In­di­a­na.

Buried: Foun­tain Park Ce­me­te­ry, Win­ches­ter, In­di­a­na.


Earl was the son of a Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal min­is­ter at Co­lum­bus, In­di­a­na.

He re­ceived his ba­chel­or’s de­gree from De­Pauw Un­i­ver­si­ty, Green­cas­tle, In­di­a­na, in 1912, then served as an ar­til­le­ry of­fi­cer in World War I.

He re­ceived his mas­ter’s and PhD from Bos­ton Un­i­ver­si­ty in 1922 & 1929. He al­so stu­died at Har­vard, Ox­ford, and the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Ber­lin.

In 1923, he joined the fa­cul­ty of Bos­ton Un­i­ver­si­ty. In 1925, he be­came the first win­ner of the May Day Po­et­ry Tour­na­ment there.

In 1938, he be­came dean of the Bos­ton Un­i­ver­si­ty School of The­ol­o­gy, but left in 1945 to take a po­si­tion as pro­fes­sor of phil­o­so­phy of re­li­gion and re­li­gious lit­er­a­ture at the Per­kins School of The­ol­ogy at South­ern Me­tho­dist Un­i­ver­si­ty in Tex­as.

Marlatt served as as­so­ci­ate ed­it­or for the Am­er­i­can Stu­dent Hym­nal in 1928, and as cur­at­or of the Trea­sure Room and Hymn Mu­se­um at the In­ter­church Cen­ter in New York Ci­ty, 1958–962.