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Life of Augustin Daly

Macmillan 1917
Daly, Joseph FrancisGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“During his early years, Mr. Daly was dramatic critic for several of the New York papers. In this field he developed taste and genius not only for theater management but for play writing. In 1869 he entered the theatrical business when he leased the Fifth avenue theater for a term of two years and advertised to produce “whatever is novel, original, entertaining and unobjectionable,” and to revive “whatever is rare and worthy in the legitimate drama.” “So broad, indeed, is the book’s scope that it becomes almost a history of the New York stage through the middle and later decades of the nineteenth century. And there are numbers of photographs of the stars of the seventies eighties, and nineties …”.
– The Book Review Digest
“Biography of a great manager of high ideals who sponsored many of the best plays of his day, whose revivals of the older English drama were notable for their brilliance and whose companies were of an even excellence uncommon in the days when the star system was still in vogue. Includes many interesting anecdotes and more statistics …”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries : Biography Section (1927)

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;
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 “Theater. Pantomime” in: Amusements – Books on Recreation Topics

Daly, Augustin (1838-1899)

The Power of Dante

Jones 1918
Grandgent, Charles HallGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Essentially a study of society and politics, church and state, learning and literature in Dante’s age as depicted in the poet’s writings. Authoritative and readable.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1912-1921
“[The author] shows us the poet’s faith, its reality and working force; his morality, stem in its logic but lightened with pity for the frailties of the flesh; his uncompromising. honest, scholarly, and courteous temperament; the varied course of his life and the wanton injustice done him by his beloved Florence; his vision of the meaning and the allegory of man, so much truer than the silly symbols of some more recent seers: his keenness of conception. realistic in its detail; and his workmanship and diction.”
“No better book can be put into the hands of students who are for the first time to take up the reading of Dante either in the original or in translation. Prof. Grandgent’s enthusiasm is contagious. He is sincere in his admiration and conviction and he adds definitely to the vast literature of Dante.”
– The Book Review Digest

Dante (Alighieri, Dante) (1265-1321)

The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, including an autobiographical chapter

Appleton 1911
Darwin, Francis, ed. Go to Book|Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“At once a biography, an autobiography, and the history of a great idea. The man and his work are so presented as never to be dissociated.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Darwin, Charles Robert (1809-1882)

Autobiography of a Super-tramp

Knopf 1917
Davies, William HenryGo to Book|Audio Book

DDC: Biography

“The simple and quiet chronicle of a young man who tramped and begged—and now and then worked for a few weeks at a time—in America and England for many years. . . . he tells us how tramps live, how they talk, what their ideals and their habits are. He has pictures of American ‘living conditions’—as the somewhat sententious phrase goes—that are nothing short of astonishing. He has had adventures, to boot. He has much to tell of cattlemen, of berry-pickers, of longshore labor camps on the Mississippi, of tramping and working and begging in city and country and summer resort through most of the eastern half of the United States and on into Canada. of remarkable be are and expert thieves. Strange characters live in his pages. And his own life story is itself most strange.”
– The Book Review Digest

Davies, William Henry (1871- 1940)

Jefferson Davis, President of the South

Macmillan 1923
Eckenrode, Hamilton JamesGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“A notable unpartisan biography which attempts to do justice to both the faults and virtues of its subject. Constitutes a thorough politico-military history of the Confederacy based on the Confederate correspondence in the official records, prefaced by a review of the relations between North and South prior to the war.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889)

Sixteen Years in Siberia; Some Experiences of a Russian Revolutionist

Dutton 1903
Deutsch, Leo Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Includes particulars concerning many persons mentioned in Kennan’s Siberia and the Exile System.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Deutsch, Leo (1855-1941)

Autobiography of George Dewey, Admiral of the Navy

Scribner 1913
Dewey, GeorgeGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“A straightforward account devoting most space to the Spanish War and the battle of Manila Bay but covering also his early training, fighting with Farragut, and his part in the building of the modern navy.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Dewey, George (1837-1917)

Charles Dickens

Bobbs-Merrill 1919
Burton, RichardGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“A life sketch, empathetic criticism, and many selections from the works of Dickens are contained in this book by a critic who believes the novelist to be—with the possible exception of Shakespeare — the most widely known and best loved writer of his race.”
“Contents: A threshold view; The man; Finding himself; The maker of mirthful scene and character; Early novels; Maturity; Dickens as artist; Dickens as reformer: The crier up of loving kindness; A last word.”
– The Book Review Digest

Dickens, Charles (1812-1870)

Diderot and the Encyclopaedists

Macmillan 1878
Morley, John Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

DDC: Biography

A French philosopher of the enlightenment known as the chief editor of the Encyclopedie.

Diderot, Denis (1713-1784)

The Life of Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield

Macmillan 1910-20
Monypenny, William Flavelle and G. E. Buckle

Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2|Go to Vol 3|Go to Vol 4|Go to Vol 5|Go to Vol 6

DDC: Biography



Disraeli was a British conservative politician and writer, who twice served as Prime Minister. He played a central role in the creation of the modern Conservative Party.
“This biography, too large for most American readers, will nevertheless he a necessity in every library, public or private, which aims to possess in completeness any dealing with the history of Europe during the nineteenth century.”
– The Book Review Digest
A monumental work characterized by thorough scholarship and the ability to make it interesting. A standard reference for anyone who wishes to study the history of the Victorian period and the development of the British Empire.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1912-1921

Disraeli, Benjamin, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (1804-1881)

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, a Study

Yale 1922
Dostoyevsky, Aimee Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“A loving account of the great novelist by his daughter. She traces his Lithuanian ancestry back to Norman, thus accounting for many traits in his earlier writings which are not strictly Russian. Shows a keen psychological analysis of her subject.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“It is exasperating on account of its vagaries and solemn prophecies, but one thing anyhow she has inherited from her father, the gift of arresting attention. She is never dull; from first page to last she holds the reader’s attention. It is a romantic history; but her father was a romantic hero.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries : Biography Section (1927)

Dostoevsky, Fedor Mikhailovich (1821-1881)

Life and Times of Frederick Douglas, by Himself. His early life as a slave, his escape from bondage, and his complete history to the present time.

De Wolfe 1892
Douglass, FrederickGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Highly interesting and instructive narrative. The account of slavery as it appeared to a slave is invaluable.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895)

Frederick Douglass (American crisis biographies)

Jacobs 1907
Washington, Booker Taliaferro Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“An impartial, sympathetic study of the negro leader and orator’s life as a slave, and his career as a public man during the reconstruction and the following years. Contains chapters on anti-slavery agitation and the fugitive slave- law.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

For biographies of people in the American abolition movement, see:
– Swift, Lindsay, William Lloyd Garrison in Century Past Biographies: G & H
;
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe in Biographies & Memoirs in Ohio History;
Coffin, Levi, Reminiscences of Levi Coffin, the Reputed President of the Underground Railroad in Biographies & Memoirs in Indiana History;
Haviland, Laura S. , A Woman’s Life-Work in Biographies & Memoirs in Michigan History

Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895)

The Life and Inventions of Thomas Alva Edison

Crowell 1894
Dickson, W.K.L. & Antonia Dickson Go to Book

DDC: Biography

 

Edison, Thomas Alva (1847-1931)

Jonathan Edwards (American Religious Leaders)

Houghton 1889
Allen, Alexander V. G. Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Brings out the distinctive features of his career as a parish minister, a revival preacher and a philosophic theologian.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Edwards, Jonathan (1703-1758)

The First of the Hoosiers; reminiscences of Edward Eggleston …

Drexel 1903
Eggleston, George CaryGo to Book

DDC: Biography

(title continued) ” … and of that western life which he, first of all men, celebrated in literature and made famous”

Informal biography, including many reminiscences of characteristic features of Hoosier life.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Eggleston, Edward (1837-1902)

Queen Elizabeth

Longmans 1920
Creighton, MandellGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“Attempts to portray a complex personality and to explain Elizabeth’s conduct in the light of the unusual circumstances which surrounded her from birth to death.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Elizabeth, Queen of England (1533-1603)

Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson, with annotations (10 volumes)

Houghton 1909-1914
Emerson, Edward W. & Waldo, Emerson F., eds.Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“Hitherto unpublished journals (1820- ) edited and annotated by Emerson’s son and grandson. They deal with his personal life, friendships and work, and often give the first form of thoughts later developed in essays or lectures.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)

Ralph Waldo Emerson. (English men of letters)

Macmillan 1907
Woodberry, George EdwardGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“An excellent, brief, critical biography which clearly and completely exhibits Emerson’s thought.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)

Ralph Waldo Emerson, how to know him

Bobbs-Merrill 1921
Crothers, Samuel McChord Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“In a series of essays the author elucidates the various phases of Emerson’s mind and his attitude toward the world and philosophy and gives some clear and simple advice as to how to approach this great thinker.”
“Dr Crothers achieves a remarkably just estimate of Emerson’s significance as a philosopher.”
“The little volume is helpful, informative, excellent. It is a real introduction to Emerson.”
– The Book Review Digest

Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)

Isabella d’Este, Marchioness of Mantua, 1474-1539, a study of the Renaissance

Dutton 1923
Ady, Julia Mary (Cartwright)Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

DDC: Biography

“Records the brilliant life and achievements of “a typical child of the Renaissance,” a woman remarkable for her beauty, her promotion of art and letters, and her statesmanship. “Isabella will be long remembered as the fairest and most perfect flower of womanhood which blossomed in the immortal days of the Italian Renaissance.””
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Isabella d’Este, Consort of Giovanni Francesco II, Marquis of Mantua (1474-1539)

A Sailor’s Log; Recollections of Forty Years of Naval Life

Appleton 1901
Evans, Robley D.Go to Book

DDC: Biography

As a sea yarn entitled to rank high for humor, wealth of anecdote, and variety of scene.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Evans, Robley Dunglison (1846-1912)

Admiral Farragut. (Great commanders)

Appleton 1901
Mahan, Alfred ThayerGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“A valuable critical history of Farragut’s operations.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“Ideal piece of brief biography. The subject is excellent, the author perfectly adapted in every way to treat it, and the treatment itself well calculated to inspire interest and just admiration for the subject.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries : Biography Section (1927)

Farragut, David Glasgow (1801-1870)

My Life and Work

Doubleday 1922
Ford, Henry, in collaboration with Samuel CrowtherGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“Ford’s theory of business—that service comes before profit—is expounded and its application illustrated by examples from the Ford industries. It is an interesting summary of his views on money, finance, wages, railroads and manufacturing.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

See also: Arnold, Horace Lucien and Faurote, Fay Leone, Ford Methods and the Ford Shops (1915) in Section 629.2 Motor vehicle engineering in Airplanes, Autos & Motorcycles

Page, Victor Wilfred, The Model T Ford Car; Its Construction, Operation and Repair in Section 629.2 Motor vehicle engineering in Airplanes, Autos & Motorcycles;

Ford, Henry and Lane, Rose Wilder, Henry Ford’s own Story in Biographies & Memoirs in Michigan History

Ford, Henry (1863-1947)

Life of St. Francis of Assisi

Scribner 1894
Sabatier, Paul Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“A conscientious study of sources and a sympathetic narration, giving an impression of the real man, consistent with himself and his surroundings. It is the finest and most authoritative of all the biographies of St. Francis.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“The popular imagination of Italy retains his image, while grave historians, unfamiliar with childlike genius touched with heavenly radiance, have fumbled over their records and missed the meaning of such gracious, guileless sainthood. Mr Sabatier, by sheer sympathy of spirit, has caught the clue, and put it into his reader’s hands.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries : Biography Section (1927)

Francis of Assisi, Saint (1182-1226)

The Life of Benjamin Franklin, Written by Himself …

Lippincott 1916
Bigelow, John, ed. Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2|Go to Vol 3

DDC: Biography

(title continued) ” …Now first edited from original manuscripts and from his printed correspondence and other writings”

“The celebrated autobiography which has been accepted for over one hundred years as an English classic. Not only one of the most widely read and readable books in our language, but one which has had the distinction of enriching the literature of nearly every other.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)

The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

Mason 1864
Parton, JamesGo to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

DDC: Biography

Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)

The Works of Benjamin Franklin … (12 volumes)

G. P. Putnam’s Sons 1904
Bigelow, John, ed. All 12 Volumes

DDC: Biography

(title continued) ” … including the private as well as the official and scientific correspondence together with the unmutilated and correct version of the Autobiography”

Vol. 1: 1706 -1734, Vol. 2: 1745 – 1753, Vol. 3: 1753 – 1763, Vol. 4: 1763 – 1768, Vol. 5: 1768 – 1772, Vol. 6: 1772 – 1775, Vol. 7: 1775 – 1779, Vol. 8: 1779 – 1781, Vol. 9: 1781 – 1782, Vol. 10: 1782 – 1784, Vol. 11: 1784 – 1788, Vol. 12: 1788 – 1790 with supplement of additional correspondence 1743 – 1785 and five indexes.

Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)

Life of Sir John Franklin and the North-west Passage

London: Philip 1891
Markham, Albert Hastings (Capt.)Go to Book

DDC: Biography

 

Franklin, John (1786-1847)

A Diplomatist’s Wife in Many Lands

Dodd 1910
Fraser, Mary (Crawford) Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

DDC: Biography

“Fascinating reminiscences of her childhood and early life in Italy, the United States and England, and later residence in China and Austria. Continued by Reminiscences of a diplomat’s wife”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Fraser, Mary Crawford (1851-1922)

Frederick the Great and the Rise of Prussia (Heroes of the nations)

Putnam 1912
Reddaway, William FiddianGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“A picturesque, dramatic and trustworthy historical biography which sketches the career of Frederick the Great and defines its relation to the rise of Prussia.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Frederick the Great, King of Prussia (1712-1786)

Robert Fulton (True stories of great Americans)

Macmillan 1925
Sutcliffe. Mrs. Alice (Crary) Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“An authoritative biography by Fulton’s great granddaughter, founded on family documents and dealing with his early experiments on the Seine as well as with the successful Hudson River demonstration.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Fulton, Robert (1765-1815)

 

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