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Julius Caesar

Appleton 1899
Froude, James AnthonyGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Careful study of “the conversion of the Roman republic into a military empire.” Gives a good outline picture of Roman life and conditions at the time of Caesar.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Caesar, Gaius Julius (100-44 B.C.)

John C. Calhoun (American Crisis Biographies)

Jacobs 1908
Hunt, GaillardGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“A scholarly yet popular biography giving personal history as well as a full survey of Calhoun’s political career. The best biography for the public library.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Calhoun, John Caldwell (1782-1850)

Calvin, the Organiser of Reformed Protestantism, 1509-1564 (Heroes of the Reformation)

Putnam 1906
Walker, Williston Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“Critical as well as sympathetic, carefully citing authorities, and candidly exhibiting both the lights and the shadows of a masterful character and career.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Calvin, John (1509-1564)

My Life Here and There

Scribner 1922
Cantacuzène, Julia Dent Grant Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“These reminiscences begin with the author’s childhood recollections of her grandfather, U. S. Grant, cover an interesting career among American and European celebrities, especially the latter, and end just before the beginning of the Great war. Her life in Russia, at the court of the Czar and among high officials, is minutely described with many allusions to court gossip and intrigue.”
“Probably no more entertaining reminiscences have been written in recent years by a native American woman than these. The charm of the narrative is great; and this is probably due to the fact that in all the subjects the author treats, from the last days of General Grant to the last court function at St Petersburg she is so thoroughly and simply American.”
– The Book Review Digest

Cantacuzène, Julia Dent Grant (Princess Cantacuzène) (1876-1975)

Thomas Carlyle, How to Know Him

Bobbs-Merrill 1915
Perry, Bliss Go to Book

DDC: Biography

A sketch of his life and personality and an analysis and explanation of his philosophy and teaching. Intended for those unacquainted with Carlyle.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1912-1921

Carlyle, Thomas (1795-1881)

Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie

Houghton 1920
Carnegie, AndrewGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“This story of the great financier’s childhood in Scotland and his early years and final success in America is a revelation of his geniality, indomitable cheerfulness, canny common sense, and idealism.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“Interesting as a frank and sincere recital of the early struggles and later successes of the well-known millionaire. Contains reminiscences of several noted persons, including Matthew Arnold, James G. Blaine, John Hay, John Morley and Herbert Spencer. Notable chapters are The Civil war. Mills and the men, The gospel of wealth, Problems of labor. Portraits and other illustrations. Short bibliography, index.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries : Biography Section (1927)

Carnegie, Andrew (1835-1919)

The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll

Fisher 1899
Collingwood, Stuart DodgsonGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Makes no attempt at analysis or criticism, but describes fully and simply his life and literary work, making large use of his letters.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904
“Interesting biography of the Oxford don who lectured on mathematics and created the immortal Alice. The author quotes many entertaining letters to and from children, of whom Lewis Carroll was very fond, and gives some interesting details about ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ ‘Through the looking-glass’ and ‘Sylvie and Bruno.’ Illustrated by sketches and remarkably fine photographs.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries : Biography Section (1927)

Carroll, Lewis (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) (1832-1898)

Kit Carson Days (1809-1868)

McClurg 1914
Sabin, Edwin LegrandGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“The most complete life of the great scout and Indian fighter, as well as a history of his times and his companions. Based on contemporary accounts and illustrated from old prints.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Carson, Christopher (1809-1868)

Jacques Cartier, His Life and Voyages

Ottawa 1889
Pope, JosephGo to Book

DDC: Biography


Cartier, Jacques (1491-1557)

The Poetical Works of Alice and Phoebe Cary, with a Memorial of their Lives

Houghton, Mifflin 1884
Clemmer, MaryGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Chapter headings are:

1. The House of their Birth. Their Father and Mother. Ancestry, Childhood, and Early Youth
2. Early Struggles and Success
3. Their Home. Habits of Life and of Labor. The Summer of 1869
4. Their Sunday Evening Receptions
5. Alice Cary. The Woman
6. Alice Cary. The Writer
7. Alice’s Last Summer
8. Alice’s Death and Burial
9. Phoebe Cary. The Writer
10. Phoebe Cary. The Woman
11. Phoebe’s Last Summer. Death and Burial
12. The Sisters Compared. Their Last Resting-place
– Alice Cary’s Poems (over 250 poems)
– Phoebe Cary’s Poems (over 150 poems)

Cary, Alice (1820-1871)

Cary, Phoebe (1824-1871)

Lewis Cass (American Statesmen series)

Houghton, Mifflin 1891
McLaughlin, Andrew C.Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Cass served as U.S. Congressman from Ohio, military colonel and brigadier general in the War of 1812, Governor of Michigan Territory, Secretary of War, U.S. Ambassador to France, U.S. Senator for Michigan, Democratic nominee for President, and U.S. Secretary of State.

Also see: Smith, W. L. G., Fifty Years of Public Life. The Life and Times of Lewis Cass in Biographies & Memoirs in Michigan History

Cass, Lewis (1782-1866)

Saint Catherine of Siena. A Study in the Religion, Literature and History of the Fourteenth Century in Italy

Dent 1907
Gardner, Edmund G.Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“Gardner’s Saint Catherine of Siena is a sympathetic, reverent, and very complete story of her life and work.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“This is no conventional biography of a canonized saint, but a study in Italian history centered in the work and personality of one of the most wonderful women who ever lived, the truest and most single-hearted patriot of her age. . . . Mr Gardner has done for St Catherine what Paul Sabatier did for St Francis. . . . Rarely do we find the critical faculty so happily blended with enthusiasm.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries : Biography Section (1927)

Caterina da Siena, Saint (1347-1380)

Life and Times of Cavour

Houghton 1911
Thayer, William RoscoeGo to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

DDC: Biography

“The most important work upon the making of modern Italy which has been published in English, and the most complete critical study of Cavour which has appeared in any language.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“Mr Thayer is completely saturated with Cavour’s thought. . . . He has vividly reproduced the Italian spirit of the time (and) has followed with particular minuteness the intricacies of European diplomacy in which Cavour was the master mind from 1858 to 1861.’ Illustrations (chiefly portraits) and maps.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries : Biography Section (1927)

Cavour, Camillo Benso, Conte di (1810-1861)

Cervantes (Master Spirits of Literature)

Murray 1919
Schevill, Rudolph Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“Prof. Schevill devotes the first five chapters to the great writer’s life and experiences, including the latest discoveries of importance, and to his first literary ventures. Chapter 6 deals with the relation of Cervantes to the culture of the renaissance and the fiction of the sixteenth century. Two chapters are devoted to an analysis of “Don Quixote” and one to “The exemplary novels” and the last to the closing years of Cervantes and his last works and achievement.”
“The results of Professor Schevill‘s brilliant scholarship and penetrating criticism are interesting to the general reader and indispensable to students of the Spanish renaissance and of its greatest figure.”
– The Book Review Digest

Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de (1547-1616)

Charlemagne (Charles the Great) The Hero of Two Nations

Putnam 1900
Davis, Henry William CarlessGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“Attempts to portray the personality of the first Western Emperor and to describe his influence upon European history. Based on a study of the chronicles, diplomata, and literature of the period.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Charlemagne (742-814)

Salmon Portland Chase (American Statesmen series)

Houghton, Mifflin 1899
Hart, Albert Bushnell Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“In three historic episodes; the western political anti-slavery movement, the financial
measures of the Civil war, and the process of judicial reconstruction.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries : Biography Section (1927)

Chase, Salmon Portland (1808-1873)

Chaucer (English Men of Letters)

Harper 1902
Ward, Adolphus William Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“Compact sketch giving the results of modern scholarship. ‘He has a real eye for Chaucer himself and the best points of his work, and is the first critic who has done justice to the wonderful dramatic power of the poet.’
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries : Biography Section (1927)

Chaucer, Geoffrey (1343-1400)

Chopin, the Man and his Music

Scribner 1900
Huneker, James Gibbons Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“A brilliant account of Chopin’s career in which an accomplished critic tells the story and expounds Chopin’s compositions in his inimitable and fascinating style.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“Divided into two parts, the first giving a sketch of Chopin’s life, personality and style . . . while the second part analyzes in detail the . . valses, nocturnes, etc. No pianist . . . can rise from the perusal of his pages without a deeper appreciation of the new forms of beauty which Chopin has added … to the musical flora of the nineteenth century. . . . He justly takes every opportunity to emphasize the manliness of Chopin.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Biography Section (1927)

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
Fuller-Maitland, John Alexander, Brahms in Century Past Biographies: A & B;
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

Chopin, Fryderyk Franciszek (1810-1849)

Village Life in America. 1852-1872; Including the Period of the American Civil War as Told in the Diary of a School-girl

Fisher 1912
Richards, Caroline Cowles Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“An entertaining and refreshingly original diary of a school girl in Canandaigua, N. Y. Homely details of life in a cultured household, distinguished by piety and devotion to Puritan ideals, are told with a quaint, often unconscious humor, and with sure literary instinct.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Clarke, Mrs. Caroline Cowles (Richards) (1842-1913)

Life of Henry Clay (American Statesmen)

Houghton 1909
Schurz, Carl Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

DDC: Biography

“Narrates the political struggles and changes of Clay’s period and recognizes the significance of the movements of popular feeling which so frequently upset the balance of politicians. The personality of Clay is constantly brought to the front.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“Really a political history of the United States, based upon the public life of Henry Clay. . . We do not know of any book of like compass so well suited as this to give young Americans a knowledge of the history of their country during those stirring years—at once accurate, graphic and pervaded by a strong moral sense.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries : Biography Section (1927)

Clay, Henry (1777-1852)

Clemenceau, The Man and his Time

Stokes 1919
Hyndman, Henry MayersGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“The volume contains much valuable contemporary history besides the data of a biographical nature as this partial list of the table of contents shows: Paris under the Empire: Downfall and reconstruction; The commune; The rise and fall of Boulanger; Panama and Draguignan: The Dreyfus affair; The great war. Besides the frontispiece portrait of Clemenceau, the book reveals him to us as a radical, the Tiger, the journalist and writer and as administrator, and concludes that “he will stand out in history as the greatest statesman of the greatest war.”
“It is seldom that so good a biography is written of a man during his own life time as is that of the Tiger of France by H. M. Hyndman.”
– The Book Review Digest

Clemenceau, Georges Eugene Benjamin (1841 – 1929)

A Short Life of Mark Twain

Harper 1920
Paine, Albert BigelowGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“In answer to the demand for a short life of Mark Twain. Mr Paine, his official biographer, has prepared a condensed version of his longer work. The story is told in brief chapters and in simple language and is adapted for young people’s reading. There are eighteen Illustrations.”
– The Book Review Digest

Clemens, Samuel Langhorne (Mark Twain) (1835-1910)

Mark Twain’s Letters

Harper 1917
Clemens, Samuel LanghorneGo to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

DDC: Biography

Delightful letters arranged with comment by his biographer, Aibert Bigelow Paine. “He was a man of few restraints and of no affectations. in his correspondence, as in his talk, he spoke what was in his mind, untrammeled by literary conventions.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1912-1921
“The letters have all the extravagant humor, energy and imagination of his books and are besides revelations of a generous personality —irreverent, yet given to hero worship, frank, ingenious, shrewd in his judgments of people except where his material interests were involved, irascible in small things and of heroic fortitude under tragic circumstances. Constitutes a revelation of many aspects of American civilization which Mark Twain so broadly and many-sidedly represented.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries : Biography Section (1927)

Clemens, Samuel Langhorne (Mark Twain) (1835-1910)

The Life of Richard Cobden

Robert Brothers 1881
Morley, JohnGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Cobden was a British politician best known for his successful fight for repeal of the Corn Laws and his defense of free trade.

Cobden, Richard (1804-1865)

Memories of Buffalo Bill

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

DDC: Biography

“From the time he first courted her, to his death, Mrs Cody records the career of her husband, one of the most picturesque and adventuresome of human careers. Adventure was thrust upon him when a mere child it became a part of his environment and was later sought with the keen relish of the actor in him.”
“In addition to Its personal interest the book gives a stirring picture of early western life.”
“The book under review may not be a literary masterpiece, but it has a merit which many so-called literary masterpieces lack – the merit of presenting a real man and an admirable character. We have seldom read a story more pitifully fascinating than that of the massacre at Wounded Knee, as told by the aged Short Bull in his tepee on the blizzard-swept prairie near Pine Ridge.”
– The Book Review Digest

For more about 19th century theatre and entertainment, see:
– 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

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

The Life of Hon. William F. Cody, Known as Buffalo Bill the Famous Hunter, Scout and Guide. An Autobiography

Bliss 1879
Cody, WilliamGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“The volume is a brisk, vivid and authentic picture of a departed era, so rich in detail and so bold in outline that it leaves most of our purely fictional wild West stories in total eclipse.”
“Buffalo Bill’s own story does not rank with ‘Treasure Island.’ but it is the boys’ own book, for it holds all that can live of the life its hero led on the plains and afterwards preserved under canvas; and it was written by a boy who actually did the thing every boy resolves to do, stayed a boy in defiance of time and fate for more than seventy years.”
“Interesting to everyone, for it Is an important phase of our history graphically told by the one who knew it best.”
– The Book Review Digest
“Story of adventurous days in the old West, with the author as pony express rider, Indian fighter, buffalo hunter, army scout, and showman. An interesting epitome of the transition of the West from wilderness conditions to civilized life within a single lifetime.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Biography Section (1927)

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

Out of the Shadow

Doran 1918
Cohen, Rose GollupGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Her childhood in Russia, emigration to America, struggles and aspirations as a sweat-shop worker in New York, told by the eldest daughter in the family. Not as idealistic as Mary Antin’s Promised Land but perhaps nearer the truth for the average immigrant.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1912-1921
“The material of her story is family life in a poor Jewish quarter, her experiences as a wage-earner, and the influence on her life of the Henry Street Settlement and the Presbyterian hospital; her art is that of the born story-teller with a feeling for atmosphere and shades of character and for dialogue as the expression of character, all of which put her book in a different class from many of these immigrant autobiographies.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Biography Section (1927)

Cohen, Rose Gollup (1880-1925?)

The Story of Columbus (Delights of History)

Appleton 1892
Seelye, Elizabeth EgglestonGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Brief. Dwells with considerable detail on his voyages and discoveries and gives results of scholarly researches in simple, attractive form.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Columbus, Christopher (1451-1506)

Old Men Forget: The Autobiography of Duff Cooper (Viscount Norwich)

NY: Dutton 1954
Cooper, Alfred DuffGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Cooper, Alfred Duff, 1st Viscount Norwich (1890-1954)

James Fenimore Cooper (American Men of Letters)

Houghton 1883
Lounsbury, Thomas RaynesfordGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“An admirable study of Cooper’s work in the light of his life and character.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

See also: Cooper, James Fenimore, The Oak-openings; Or, The Bee-hunter in Michigan Novels and Historical Fiction

Cooper, James Fenimore (1789-1851)

The Parlor Provocateur, or, From Salon to Soap-box

Sinclair 1923
Crane Gartz, KateGo to Book

DDC: Biography

(title continued) ” …The Letters of Kate Crane Gartz”

Daughter and heiress of a Chicago millionaire plumbing manufacturer and philanthropist, Kate Crane Gartz spent her adult life in Los Angeles, where she became known as a “parlor bolshevik” or “millionaire socialist”.

Crane Gartz, Kate (1865-1949)

Oliver Cromwell

Macmillan 1923
Morley, John Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“The interest lies less in the narrative of Cromwell’s career than in the commentary on its critical phases and on political problems. ”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“A cautious, moderate and unpartisan estimate. … A truly marvelous picture of Cromwell.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries : Biography Section (1927)

Cromwell, Oliver (1599-1658)

“Boots and Saddles”; or Life in Dakota with General Custer

Harper 1902
Custer, Mrs. Elizabeth BaconGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“An entertaining account of an army woman’s daily life in Dakota. Continued by her Following the Guidon.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Custer, George Armstrong (1839-1876)

Following the Guidon

Harper 1890
Custer, Mrs. Elizabeth Bacon Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“The sequel to Boots and Saddles.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Custer, George Armstrong (1839-1876)


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