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920.1 Collective Biographies: Authors Q-Z

Twelve Naval Captains; Being a Record of Certain Americans who Made Themselves Immortal

Scribner 1897
Seawell, Molly ElliotGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Profiled are: John Paul Jones, Richard Dale, Thomas Tuxtun, William Bainbridge, Edward Preble, Stephen Decatur, Richard Somers, Isaac Hull, Charles Stewart, Oliver Hazard Perry, Thomas Macdonough, James Lawrence

Industrial Biography: Iron-workers and Tool-makers

Osgood 1876
Smiles, Samuel Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Covers inventors, mechanics and iron-workers in the industrial history of Britain.

Chapter headings are:

1. Iron and Civilization
2. Beginnings of the Iron-Manufacture in Britain
3. Iron Smelting by Pit-Coal – Dud Dudley
4. Andrew Yarranton
5. Coalbrookdale Iron Works – The Darbys and Reynoldses
6. Invention of Cast Steel – Benjamin Huntsman
7. The Inventions of Henry Cort
8. The Scotch Iron Manufacture – Dr. Roebuck – David Mushet
9. Invention of the Hot Blast – James Beaumont Neilson
10. Mechanical Inventions and Inventors
11. Joseph Bramah
12. Henry Maudslay
13. Joseph Clement
14. Fox of Derby – Murray of Leeds – Roberts and Whitworth of Manchester
15. James Nasmyth
16. William Fairbairn

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Lives of the Engineers, With an Account of their Principal Works: Comprising also a History of Inland Communication in Britain. 5 volumes

Murray 1904
Smiles, SamuelGo to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2|Go to Vol 3|Go to Vol 4|Go to Vol 5

DDC: Biography

Chapter and Section headings are:

Volume 1
1. Introductory
2. Sir Cornelius Vermuyden – Drainage of the Fens
3. Sir Hugh Myddelton – Cutting of the New River
4. Sir Hugh Myddelton (cont.) His other Engineering and Mining Works, His Death
5. Captain Perry – Stoppage of Dagenham Breach
6. The Beginning of Canal Navigation
– Part 2 – Life of James Brindley

Volume 2
1. Shipping and Harbours
2. Beacons and Lighthouses
3. Old Bridges
4. Old London Bridge
5. William Edwards, Bridge Builder
– Part 2 – Life of John Smeaton
– Part 3 – Life of John Rennie

Volume 3
1. Old Roads
2. Early Modes of Conveyance
3. Manners and Customs Influenced by the State of the Roads
4. Roads and Travelling in Scotland in the Last Century
5. Roads and Travelling in England Towards the End of Last Century
6. John Metcalf, Road-Maker
– Part 2 – Life of Thomas Telford

Volume 4
– Part 1 – Early Life of James Watt
– Part 2 – Boulton and Watt, Engineers, Birmingham

Volume 4
– The Locomotive

Barbizon Days

Weasels 1902
Smith, Charles Sprague Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Chapters on life and work of Jean-Francois Millet, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Pierre-Etienne-Theodore Rousseau and Antoine Louis Barye, compiled from various sources, with personal reminiscence of village and neighboring forest of Fontainebleau.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

American Biography. 12 volumes.

Harper 1902
Sparks, Jared Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“Biographic essays of great interest. Contents: Vol 1: Jonathan Edwards; Vol 2: William Eaton; Vol 3: Benedict Arnold; Vol 4: Captain John Smith; Vol 5: John Stark, William Pinkney; Vol 6: Anthony Wayne, Henry Hudson, Pere Marquette; Vol 7: Charles Brockden Brown, Lucretia Maria Davidson. Sebastian Cabot; Vol 8: Israel Putnam, Baron Steuben; Vol 9: Ethan Allen, William Ellery; Vol 10: Sir William Phips, Joseph Warren; Vol 11: Cotton Mather, Richard Montgomery; Vol 12: David Rittenhouse, Robert Fulton.”
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1926
All 12 volumes are at this link.

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Studies of a Biographer. 4 volumes.

Putnam 1898-1902
Stephen, Sir Leslie Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2|Go to Vol 3|Go to Vol 4

DDC: Biography

Contents: v. 1, National biography; The evolution of editors; John Byrom; Johnsoniana; Gibbon’s autobiography; Arthur Young: Wordsworth’s youth, v. 2, The story of Scott’s ruin; The importation of German; Matthew Arnold; Jowett’s life; Oliver Wendell Holmes: Life of Tennyson; Pascal. v.3,TheBrowning letters; John Donne; John Ruskin; William Godwin’s novels; Walter Bagehot; Thomas Henry Huxley; James Anthony Froude; In praise of walking, v. 4. Shakespeare as a man; Southey’s letters; New lights on Milton; Emerson- Anthony Trollope: Robert Louis Stevenson; The cosmopolitan spirit in literature.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Men of Business (Men of achievement)

Scribner 1893
Stoddard, William O.Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Chapter headings are:

1. John Jacob Astor – Romance
2. Cornelius Vanderbilt – Competition
3. Charles Louis Tiffany – Taste
4. John Roach – Genius
5. Levi Parsons Morton – Development
6. Edwin Denison Morgan – Variety
7. Cyrus West Field – Tenacity
8. Chancy Mitchell Depew – Growth
9. Alexander Turney Stewart – Perception
10. Philip Danforth Armour – Organization
11. Horace Brigham Claflin – Liberality
12. marshall Owen Roberts – Dash
13. George Mortimer Pullman – Originality
14. Peter Cooper – Invention
15. Marshall Field – Business Principles
16. Leland Stanford – Councillor

Eminent Victorians

Putnam 1918
Strachey, Giles Lytton Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“He has chosen for the subjects of his full-length portraits, not artists nor men of original genius, but three men, and one woman, of action—Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Dr Arnold, and General Gordon. But with these full-length portraits he gives smaller sketches of many of their contemporaries—of Gladstone. Sidney Herbert, Lord Hartington, Lord Acton and Lord Cromer; of Keble and Clough and Newman and Cardinal Wiseman.”
“The whole forms an interesting picture and a pungent criticism of the Victorian age.”
“It is human nature he is interested in, and he pierces through the most solemn misrepresentations to the core, to the divinity, of his subject. He discloses weaknesses not because he is prying but because he is disclosing. They are relevant weaknesses, without which the story would not fit.”
– The Book Review Digest

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Famous Actors of the Day in America

Page 1900
Strang, Lewis C. Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Actors profiled are: Joseph Jefferson, James A. Herne, Richard Mansfield, E. M. Holland, Edward H. Sothern, John Drew, William Faversham, John B. Mason, Nat C. Goodwin, James O’Neill, William H. Crane, Wilton Lackaye, William Gillette, Henry Miller, James K. Hackett, Henry Jewett, Stuart Robson, Melbourne MacDowell, Sol Smith Russell, Otis Skinner, J. E. Dodson, Robert B. Mantell, Roland Reed, Joseph Haworth, Herbert Kelcey

For more about 19th century theatre and entertainment, see:
– Cody, Mrs. Louisa (Frederici) and Cooper, C. R., Memories of Buffalo Bill in Century Past Biographies: C
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– Ringling, Alfred, Life Story of the Ringling Brothers in Biographies & Memoirs in Wisconsin History;
Kellogg, Clara, Memoirs of an American Prima Donna in Century Past Biographies: I, J, K & L;
Daly, Joseph Francis, Life of Augustin Daly in Century Past Biographies: D, E & F;
Barnum, P. T., Struggles and Triumphs: or, Forty years’ Recollections of P.T. Barnum in Century Past Biographies: A & B;
Sherman, Robert L, The Chicago Stage; its Records and Achievements in Illinois Cultural History;
Strang, Lewis C., Famous Actresses of the Day in America in Century Past Collective Biography Q – Z;
Carson, William G. , The Theatre on the Frontier; the Early Years of the St. Louis Stage in Illinois Cultural History
See Section 792 Stage presentations in: Recreation – Performing Arts & Games

Famous Actresses of the Day in America

Page 1902
Strang, Lewis C.Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Chapter headings are:

1. Julia Marlowe in Melodrama
2. Henrietta Crosman
3. Mary Shaw and “Ben Hur”
4. Maude Adams in “L’Aiglon”
5. Amelia Bingham
6. Ida Conquest
7. Phoebe Davies
8. Mrs. Fiske as Becky Sharp
9. Hilda Spong
10. Annie Russell in Light Comedy
11. Valerie Bergere
12. Mary Mannering as a Star
13. “Zaza” and Mrs. Leslie Carter
14. Anna Held
15. Sarah Cowell LeMoyne
16. Mary Sanders
17. Ada Rehan’s Nell Gwyn
18. Elizabeth Tyree
19. Grace George
20. Margaret Anglin
21. Viola Allen
22. Maxine Elliott

Agnes Strickland’s Queens of England (abridged). 3 volumes.

Estes & Lauriat 1882
Strickland, Agnes and Kaufman, Rosalie Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“Up to Queen Anne, the work is based upon Agnes Strickland’s Queens of England, but subsequent to that period many authorities were consulted.”

Persons profiled are:

Volume 1
Matilda of Flanders, Queen of William the Conqueror
Matilda of Scotland, Queen of Henry I
Matilda of Boulogne, Queen of Stephen
Eleanora of Aquitaine, Queen of Henry II
Berengaria of Navarre, Queen of Richard I
Isabella of Angouleme, Queen of King John
Eleanor of Provence, Queen of Henry III
Eleanora of Castile, Queen of Edward I
Marguerite of France, Second Queen of Edward I
Isabella of France, Queen of Edward II
Philippa of Hainault, Queen of Edward III
Anne of Bohemia, Queen of Richard II
Isabella of Valois, Second Queen of Richard II
Joanna of Navarre, Queen of Henry IV
Katherine of Valois, Queen of Henry V
Margaret of Anjou, Queen of Henry VI
Elizabeth Woodville, Queen of Edward IV
Anne of Warwick, Queen of Richard III
Elizabeth of York, Queen of Henry VII
Katharine of Arragon, First Queen of Henry VIII
Anne Boleyn, Second Queen of Henry VIII
Jane Seymour, Third Queen of Henry VIII
Anne of Cleves, Fourth Queen of Henry VIII
Katharine Howard, Fifth Queen of Henry VIII
Katharine Parr, Sixth Queen of Henry VIII

Volume 2
Mary, First Queen-Regnant of England and Ireland
Elizabeth, Second Queen-Regnant of England and Ireland
Anne of Denmark, Queen of James I
Henrietta Maria, Queen of Charles I
Catharine of Braganza, Queen of Charles II
Mary Beatrice of Modena, Queen of James II
Mary II, Queen-Regent of Great Britain and Ireland
Anne, Queen Regnant of Great Britain and Ireland

Volume 3
Sophia Dorothea of Zell, Wife of George I
Caroline Wilhelmina Dorothea, Wife of George II
Charlotte Sophia, Wife of George III
Caroline of Brunswick, Wife of George IV
Adelaide Louisa, Wife of William IV
Queen Victoria

Collective Biographies: Authors Q-Z

Ten American Girls from History

Harper & Brothers 1917
Sweetser, Kate DickinsonGo to Book
DDC: Bio

Chapter headings are:

– Pocahontas: The Indian Girl of the Virginia Forest
– Dorothy Quincy: The Girl of Colonial Days Who Heard the First Gun Fired for Independence
– Molly Pitcher: The Brave Gunner of the Battle of Monmouth
– Elizabeth Van Lew: The Girl Who Risked All that Slavery Might be Abolished and the Union Preserved
– Ida Lewis: The Girl Who Kept Lime Rock Burning; A Heroic Life-Saver
– Clara Barton: “The Angel of the Battlefields”
– Virginia Reed: Midnight Heroine of the Plains in Pioneer Days of America
– Louisa M. Alcott: Author of “Little Women”
– Clara Morris: The Girl Who Won Fame as an Actress
– Anna Dickinson: The Girl Orator

Throne-makers

Houghton 1899
Thayer, William RoscoeGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Studies of four ‘throne-makers’—Bismarck, Napoleon m, Kossuth, Garibaldi—and of Carlyle, Tintoret, Bruno and Bryant.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Southern Statesmen of the Old Regime; Washington, Jefferson, Randolph, Calhoun, Stephens, Toombs and Jefferson Davis (Library of Economics and Politics)

Crowell 1897
Trent, William P. Go to Book

DDC: Biography

By a southerner but free from bias or sectional partisanship.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Luther and Other Leaders of the Reformation

Blackwood 1883
Tulloch, John Go to Book

DDC: Biography

The introductory chapter is about early reformers up to 1450 and reform movements from 1450-1516. The remainder of the book has separate parts for Martin Luther, John Calvin, Hugh Latimer and John Knox.

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Lives of Seventy of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors and Architects. 4 volumes.

Scribner 1901
Vasari, Giorgio Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2|Go to Vol 3|Go to Vol 4

DDC: Biography

The groundwork of our knowledge of the great Italian artists of 15th and 16th centuries. Full of anecdote, and picturesque narrative, and brilliant pictures of life in Italy during the epoch.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

American Writers of To-day

Silver 1894
Vedder, Henry C.Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Writers profiled are:
Edmund Clarence Stedman, Francis Parkman, William Dean Howells, Henry James, Charles Dudley Warner, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Mark Twain, Francis Marion Crawford, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Charles Egbert Craddock, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Adeline D. T. Whitney, Bret Harte, Edward Everett Hale, Edward Eggleston, George Washington Cable, Richard Henry Stoddard, Francis Richard Stockton, Joaquin Miller

Ten New England Leaders

Silver, Burdett 1901
Walker, WillistonGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Chapter headings:

1. William Bradford
2. John Cotton
3. Richard Mather
4. John Eliot
5. Increase Mather
6. Jonathan Edwards
7. Charles Chauncy
8. Samuel Hopkins
9. Leonard Woods
10. Leonard Bacon

London Days; a Book of Reminiscences

Little 1920
Warren, ArthurGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“This book of reminiscences begins in 1878, when the author, fresh from Boston, arrived In London at the age of eighteen. The period covers nineteen years of journalism, nine of them as correspondent for the Boston Herald, and combines with memories and impressions of London those of celebrated personages. Contents: First glimpses of London; London in the late seventies; A Norman interlude; I take the plunge; Browning and Moscheles; Patti; John Stuart Blackie; Lord Kelvin; Tennyson; Gladstone; Whistler; Henry Drummond; Sir Henry Irving; Henry M. Stanley; George Meredith; Parnell; “Le brav general” (Boulanger)””
– The Book Review Digest

From Cromwell to Wellington: Twelve Soldiers

Lippincott 1899
Wilkinson, Spenser, ed.Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Profiled are:
Oliver Cromwell, Duke of Marlborough (John Churchill), Earl of Peterborough (John Mordaunt), James Wolfe, Robert Clive, Eyre Coote, Baron Heathfield (George Augustus Elliott), James Abercromby, Viscount Lake (Gerard Lake), David Baird, John Moore, Duke of Wellington (Arthur Wellesley)

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Presidents of the United States 1789-1902

Appleton 1902
Wilson, John Grant, ed. Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Biographic sketches, many being revisions of articles in Appletons’ Cyclopaedia of Biography. Set of portraits and letters by several presidents.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Profiled are:
George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt

Great American Educators, with Chapters on American Education (Four Great Americans series)

Werner 1900
Winship, A. E. Go to Book

DDC: Biography Youth

Horace Mann, Mary Lyon, David P. Page, Henry Barnard, John Dudley Philbrick, Newton Bateman, Edward A. Sheldon, James P. Wickersham. Also chapters on “Founders and Benefactors of American colleges” and “Historical Sketch of American Education”.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Collective Biographies: Authors Q-Z

Our Famous Women. An Authorized Record of the Lives and Deeds of Distinguished American Women of our Times; (title continued below)

Hartford, CT: Hartford 1888
Worthington & Co. Go to Book

DDC: Biography

(title continued) “… an Entirely New Work, Full of Romantic Story, Lively Humor, Thrilling Experiences, Tender Pathos, and Brilliant Wit, with Numerous Anecdotes,
Incidents, and Personal Reminiscences by the following Twenty Eminent Authors: (authors listed below) superbly illustrated with full-page portraits mainly from photographs taken expressly for this work, and fine full-page engravings from original designs by Mr. T. W. Williams”

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Rose Terry Cooke
Mary A. Livermore
Harriet Prescott Spofford
Marion Harland
Mary Clemmer
Louise Chandler Moulton
Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
Lucy Larcom
Julia Ward Howe
Susan Coolidge
Kate Sanborn
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Lucia Gilbert Runkle
Laura Curtis Bullard
Lilian Whiting
Elizabeth T. Spring
Elizabeth Bryant Johnston
Maud Howe

Our Famous Women. Comprising the Lives and Deeds of American Women who have Distinguished Themselves in Literature, Science, Art, Music, and the Drama (title continued below)

Hartford, CT: Worthington 1883
Worthington & Co.Go to Book

DDC: Biography

(title continued) “… or are Famous as Heroines, Patriots, Orators, Educators,
Physcians, Philanthropists, etc. with Numerous Anecdotes, Incidents, and Personal
Experiences. By the following twenty Authors: (authors listed below) superbly illustrated with full-page portraits mainly from photographs taken expressly for this work”

Harriet Beecher Stowe
Rose Terry Cooke
Harriet Prescott Spofford
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
Mary A. Livermore
Lucia Gilbert Runkle
Marion Harland
Mary Clemmer
Kate Sanborn
Louise Chandler Moulton
Lucy Larcom
Julia Ward Howe
Susan Coolidge
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Laura Curtis Bullard
Lilian Whiting
Elizabeth T. Spring
Elizabeth Bryant Johnston
Maud Howe

For works about leading American women of the 19th century, see:
– Adams, Elmer Cleveland and Foster, Warren Dunham, Heroines of modern progress in Century Past Collective Biography A – F
;
Parkman, Mary Rosetta, Heroines of service in Century Past Collective Biography G – P;

Pioneers of Science in America; Sketches of their Lives and Scientific Work

Appleton 1896
Youmans, William Jay, M.D. Go to Book

DDC: Biography

50 biographic sketches of early American scientists with descriptions of their work. Revised and enlarged from articles in Popular Science Monthly.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Profiled are:
Benjamin Franklin, John Bartram, William Bartram, John Winthrop, David Rittenhouse, Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg, Samuel Latham Mitchill, Benjamin Smith Barton, Alexander Wilson, David Hosack, Amos Eaton, Gerard Troost, Charles Alexandre Lesueur, Benjamin Silliman the Elder, John James Audubon, Lewis David Von Schweinitz, Robert Hare, Constantine Samuel Rafinesque, James Pollard Espy, Thomas Nuttall, Thomas Say, William Cranch Bond, Samuel Finley Breese Morse, Denison Olmsted, Isaac Lea, Larner Vanuxem, Elisha Mitchell, Edward Hitchcock, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, Samuel Luther Dana, Zadoc Thompson, John Torrey, George Catlin, Ebenezer Emmons, Johseph Henry, James Blythe Rogers, John Ericsson, Timothy Abbott Conrad, William Starling Sullivant, William Williams Mather, William Barton Rogers, Charles Upham Shepard, Sears Cook Walker, Alexander Dallas Bache, James Henry Coffin, Leo Lesquereux, Matthew Fontaine Maury, Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz, Arnold Henry Guyot, David Dale Owen


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