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Charles Francis Adams (American Statesmen series)

Houghton, Mifflin 1900
Adams, Charles Francis Jr. Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“Tells little of personal traits. Narration of services while minister to England; sheds valuable light on relations between England and America during the Civil war.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Biography Section (1927)

Adams, Charles Francis (1807-1886)

The Education of Henry Adams. An Autobiography

Houghton 1918
Adams, Henry Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“An important autobiography interesting in itself and because it is a criticism of cherished American institutions as they affected a brilliant man who had every advantage they could give. Valuable also as history.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“A type of autobiography which seems to stand absolutely in a niche of its own. Its wise philosophy of life, its deep understanding of human nature, its pervading charm of style and of mood, will surely entitle it to an abiding place among those rare volumes that are the perennial joy of cultured minds.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Biography Section (1927)

Adams, Henry (1838-1918)

John Adams (American Statesmen)

Houghton 1917
Morse, John TorreyGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“Graphic portraiture and an excellent study of our politics in the days of Adams, of the fortunes of the federal party and the attitude of its two hostile forces, represented by Adams and Hamilton.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“We have John Adams the man and patriot, in all his rugged honesty, full of courage in great emergencies when others fell away, pugnacious, wise, when his judgment was not clouded by passion, a statesman without tact, vain and conceited, yet always a patriot, possessing the traits found in most of the world’s great heroes, yet not reaching the stature of a hero. It is a truthful portrait.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Biography Section (1927)

Adams, John, U.S. President (1735-1826)

Familiar Letters of John Adams and his Wife Abigail Adams, During the Revolution, with a Memoir of Mrs. Adams

Houghton 1876
Adams, John & Abigail Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Takes its place by the side of the most valuable documents of our revolutionary history.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Adams, John, U.S. President (1735-1826)


Adams, Abigail Smith (1744-1818)

John Quincy Adams. (American Statesmen)

Houghton 1917
Morse, John Torrey Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“Trustworthy in details, its chief merit is its comprehension of the essential character of Adams and its sympathetic interpretation of the man and his work.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“That Mr Morse’s conclusions will be those of posterity, we have very little doubt, and he has set an admirable example to his coadjutors in respect of interesting narrative, just proportion and judicial candor.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Biography Section (1927)

Adams, John Quincy, U.S. President (1767-1848)

Samuel Adams (American Statesmen)

Houghton 1917
Hosmer, James Kendall Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“Interesting and appreciative, setting forth fairly the man. his work, and his times. It furnishes substantially a compact history of the occasions and manner of the opening of the Revolution.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Adams, Samuel (1722-1803)

Agassiz; His Life and Correspondence

Houghton 1893
Agassiz, Elizabeth Cary, ed.Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Early life in Switzerland, friendships with Cuvier, Humboldt and other distinguished scientists; scientific work, particularly in geology and ichthyology, and work at Harvard, including founding of Agassiz museum.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Agassiz, Louis (1807-1873)

Louisa May Alcott, Her Life, Letters, and Journals

Little 1900
Cheney, E. D., ed. Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“Pictures the home life of the author of Little Women, her experiences as an army nurse, struggles as an author, and numerous incidents in a crowded life.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Alcott, Louisa May (1832-1888)

Alexander the Great, The Merging of East and West in Universal History

Putnam 1926
Wheeler, Benjamin Ide Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“Presents Alexander’s aims and achievements with considerable detail and admirable clearness.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.)

Alfred the Great. The Truth Teller. Maker of England 848-899

Putnam 1915
Lees, Beatrice Adelaide Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“A careful and scholarly study which aims to disentangle the Alfred of history from the Alfred of legend. It contains a chapter on Alfredian literature and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Alfred the Great, King of England (849-901)

Story of My Life

Houghton 1871
Anderson, Hans ChristianGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“”My life is a lovely story, happy and full of incident.” So writes Andersen in the first line of his autobiography, which has the charm and felicitous phrasing of his well-loved fairy tales.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“The absolute candor with which Andersen lays bare his soul, the complete intentional or unintentional self-revelation, gives a psychological value to the book which no mere literary grace could bestow. . . . Andersen remained, until the day of his death, a child. His innocence was more than virginal; his unworldliness simply inconceivable. . . . He conceived of his life as a fairy-tale. . . . The feeling of the marvellous pervades the book from beginning to end.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Biography Section (1927)

Andersen, Hans Christian (1805-1875)

The Promised Land

Houghton 1917
Antin, MaryGo to Book

DDC: Biography

A vivid, idealistic and inspiring autobiography of an emotional Russian child who came as an immigrant to the Boston slums and used all the opportunities possible in “the promised land.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1912-1921
“Autobiography of an immigrant who was born less than thirty years ago (1912) in Polotzk, Russia, a town in the Jewish pale, and spent her childhood there. Her family being driven by the pressure of poverty to immigrate, when she was twelve years old she was brought to America, where she made a brilliant progress thru the public schools of Boston and thru Barnard college. The story of her life is absorbing in its human significance, remarkable for its literary distinction and convincingly hopeful in its view of the immigrant problem in America.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Biography Section (1927)

Antin, Mary (1881-1949)

Audubon the Naturalist

Appleton 1917
Herrick, Francis Hobart Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“This work by the professor of biology in Western Reserve university, himself a well-known ornithologist, is the first thorough and authoritative biography of the great naturalist whose life was one of the most romantic in American history.”
“The volumes are magnificently illustrated, many of the plates being reproductions in color of Audubon’s drawings. For the reader whose interest in Audubon is scientific the book is invaluable; the more general reader will find it a fascinating story of tremendous struggle and great achievement”
– The Book Review Digest
“The appendixes contain the complete text of the French documents and a bibliography, comprising a fully annotated list of Audubon’s writings, biographies, criticism, and Auduboniana. An index to the complete work is included in the second volume.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

For works about other artists, see:
– Fletcher, John Gould, Paul Gauguin in Century Past Biographies: G & H
;
Downes, William Howe, The Life and Works of Winslow Homer in Century Past Biographies: G & H;
Trowbridge, John, Samuel Finley Breese Morse in Century Past Biographies: M, N & O;
Cary, Elisabeth Lather, The Rossettis: Dante Gabriel and Christina in Century Past Biographies: P, Q & R;
Harrison, Frederic, John Ruskin in Century Past Biographies: P, Q & R;
Gronau, Georg, Titian in Century Past Biographies: T, U & V;
Caffin, Charles Henry, American Masters of Painting, being Brief Appreciations of some American Painters in Century Past Collective Biographies – Authors A–F

Audubon, John James (1785-1851)

Life of Jane Austen (Great Writers)

Scribner 1890
Smith, GoldwinGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“The first and best chapter contains an excellent sketch of Jane Austen’s life; the other chapters analyze her novels with delicate taste and fine critical faculty.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Biography Section (1927)

Austen, Jane (1775-1815)

Struggles and Triumphs: or, Forty years’ Recollections of P.T. Barnum

Hartford 1869
Barnum, P. T.Go to Book

DDC: Biography

 

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
;
– 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;
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

Barnum, Phineas Taylor (1810-1891)

All the Days of my Life: An Autobiography. The Red Leaves of a Human Heart.

Appleton 1913
Barr, Amelia Edith HuddlestonGo to Book

DDC: Biography

A sincere unpretentious account of this novelist’s private, literary and spiritual life. Early days in England and Scotland, the United States before the Civil war and her career when the loss of husband and sons forced her to write to support herself and her daughters. She was over eighty when this was written.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1912-1921

Barr, Amelia Edith Huddleston (1831-1919)

The Life of Clara Barton

Macmillan 1915
Epler, Percy HaroldGo to Book

DDC: Biography

An authorized biography made more interesting through the free use of unpublished war diaries and letters and personal recollections. Covers her work in the Civil war, the Franco-Prussian war, the Spanish war, the foundation of the American Red Cross and direction of its varied activities.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1912-1921

Barton, Clara Harlowe (1821-1912)

Beethoven, a Character Study; Together with Wagner’s Indebtedness to Beethoven

Dodd 1905
Fischer, George Alexander Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“Although it throws no new light on Beethoven’s life and artistic nature, it is perhaps the most rational, convincing, shrewd and sympathetic estimate yet made.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

For works about composers, see:
Fuller-Maitland, John Alexander, Brahms in Century Past Biographies: A & B;
Huneker, James Gibbons, Chopin, the Man and his Music in Century Past Biographies: C;
Hervey, Arthur, Liszt and his Music in Century Past Biographies: I, J, K & L;
Duncan, Edmondstoune, Schubert in Century Past Biographies: S;
Henderson, William James, Richard Wagner; His Life and his Dramas in Century Past Biographies: W, X, Y & Z;
Dole, Nathan Haskell, Famous Composers in Century Past Collective Biographies – Authors A–F

Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)

Thomas Hart Benton (American Statesmen series)

Houghton, Mifflin 1900
Roosevelt, TheodoreGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Benton, Thomas Hart (1782-1858)

Memories of My Life

Appleton 1923
Bernhardt, Sarah Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“The personal, professional and social recollections of a remarkable woman and great artist — versatile, egotistic, brilliant, audacious and always interesting.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Bernhardt, Sarah (1844-1923)

Bismarck (Makers of the Nineteenth Century)

Holt 1919
Robertson, Charles GrantGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“Comprehensive, unbiased, and compiled from original sources, it describes the man and master statesman, loyal to craftiness in his support of the king, ending with a bitter old age of defeated power and reconstructed ideas. Many references to contemporary German history, documents and bibliography.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“Mr Robertson has written so sanely and dispassionately that the salient impression that comes out of this biography is not of Bismarck’s meanness but of greatness. This Mr Robertson has accomplished by adhering resolutely to his avowed object in writing; namely, to reconstruct the period through which Bismarck lived.”
– The Book Review Digest
“Both historically and psychologically, it is a work often brilliant, always enlightening; written neither from the professorial chair nor the journalistic desk, but instinct with a full and inner knowledge both of documents and transactions.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Biography Section (1927)

Bismarck, Otto, furst von (1815-1898)

William Blake

Duckworth 1909
De Selincourt, Basil Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“De Selincourt’s William Blake is a study of Blake’s principles and practices, and contains an admirably sane analysis of his genius.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Blake, William (1757-1827)

Six Months in Mexico

American Publishers Corporation 1888
Bly, NellieGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Personal memoir. A young woman becomes a journalist and takes an assignment in Mexico. The author, whose real name was Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, would later become one of the best-known women in the U.S. for a record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, and for an investigative expose in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within. See the entry in Wikipedia for “Nellie Bly”. There was also a 1981 movie; “The Adventures of Nellie Bly”.

Seaman, Elizabeth Cochrane (1864-1922)

Yashka; My Life as Peasant, Officer and Exile

Stokes 1919
Bochkareva, Maria Leontievna, commander of the Russian women’s battalion of deathGo to Book

DDC: Biography

A thrilling book with graphic pictures of her battalion, the disintegration of the Russian army after the revolution, of Kerensky, Lenin, Trotsky and others. The events are a succession so dramatically startling that they tax one’s credulity.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1912-1921

Bochkareva, Maria Leontievna (Frolkova) (1889-1920)

Sarah K. Bolton; Pages from an Intimate Autobiography

Todd 1923
Bolton, Charles Knowles, ed.Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Sarah Knowles Bolton wrote for the press and also published poems, biographical sketches and children’s books. She worked in the temperance movement and involved herself in female higher education and other social questions. Several of her books are on this website.

Bolton, Sarah Knowles (1841-1916)

Napoleon the First

Holt 1903
Fournier, AugustGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“One of the more important of the shorter biographies; based on thorough research, and giving a good view of the general historical situation.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Napoleon I, Emperor of the French (Bonaparte, Napoleon) (1769-1821)

Daniel Boone (Appleton’s life histories)

Appleton 1902
Thwaites, Reuben GoldGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“Defines Daniel Boone’s place among western pioneers in the light of manuscripts in the Wisconsin historical society library.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“Inspiring account of Boone’s exploits as explorer and frontiersman, attributing his fame to his character rather than to his courage. Information about the life of the times and the Indians of the period supplies a colorful background. Written for Boy scouts, but interesting to adults as well.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Biography Section (1927)

Boone, Daniel (1734-1820)

Life of Catherine Booth, the Mother of the Salvation Army

Salvation Army 1892
Booth-Tucker, F. de L. Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

DDC: Biography

Catherine Booth was the wife of the founder of the Salvation Army and had an important role in managing and shaping the organization.

Booth, Catherine Mumford (1829-1890)

Brahms (New library of Music)

Lane 1911
Fuller-Maitland, John Alexander Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“Perhaps the most useful English biography for the student, since it analyzes a large number of Brahms’ compositions.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

For works about composers, see:
– Fischer, George Alexander, Beethoven, a Character Study; together with Wagner’s indebtedness to Beethoven in Century Past Biographies: A & B
;
Huneker, James Gibbons, Chopin, the Man and his Music in Century Past Biographies: C;
Hervey, Arthur, Liszt and his Music in Century Past Biographies: I, J, K & L;
Duncan, Edmondstoune, Schubert in Century Past Biographies: S;
Henderson, William James, Richard Wagner; His Life and his Dramas in Century Past Biographies: W, X, Y & Z;
Dole, Nathan Haskell, Famous Composers in Century Past Collective Biographies – Authors A–F

Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897)

The Brontës and Their Circle

Dutton 1917
Shorter, Clement King Go to Book

DDC: Biography

 

Bronte, Charlotte (1816 – 1855)


Bronte, Emily (1818 – 1848)


Bronte, Anne (1820 – 1849)

Rajah Brooke; the Englishman as Ruler of an Eastern State (Builders of Greater Britain)

Longmans
St John, Sir SpenserGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Short biography of Sir James Brooke, rajah of Sarawak, Borneo, 1842-63. Contains an account of Brooke’s attempt to regenerate the Malays, of relations with Chinese and with pirates, illustrating British policy in southeastern Asia.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Brooke, James, Rajah of Sarawak (1803-1868)

The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett 1845 – 1846

Smith 1899
Browning, Robert and Browning, Elizabeth Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

DDC: Biography

“A set of intimate letters of rare charm which reveal a beautiful character. They also, like those of the previous title, contain many casual but revealing glimpses of well-known people.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Browning, Robert (1812-1889)


Browning, Elizabeth Barrett (1806-1861)

Memories of Buffalo Bill

Appleton 1919
Cody, Mrs. Louisa (Frederici) and Cooper, C. R.Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“Though not a literary masterpiece, it has the merit of presenting a real man and an admirable character. It is written in a lively and entertaining style, with restraint, and, in spite of some sentimentality, in good taste.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Cody, William Frederick (Buffalo Bill) (1845-1917)



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