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Roads of Adventure

Houghton 1922
Paine, Ralph DelahayeGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“The spirited story of the author’s adventures as an undergraduate on the Yale crew, war correspondent in Cuba, Haiti, and China during the Boxer uprising, in perils of water, in the gold camps of the West, and finally as dispenser of publicity for the American navy in European waters during the war.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Paine, Ralph Delahaye (1871-1925)

The Life of Thomas Paine …

Putnam’s Sons 1892
Conway, Moncure D.Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

DDC: Biography

(title continued) ” …with a History of his Literary, Political and Religious Career in America, France and England; to which is added a sketch of Paine by William Cobbett”

Paine, Thomas (1737-1809)

Thomas Paine

Small 1899
Sedgwick, Ellery Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“A sketch which tells the story of this great advocate for liberty, without bias or argument. Full chronology.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Paine, Thomas (1737-1809)

A Life of Francis Parkman

Little 1901
Farnham, Charles HaightGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“Portrays the unusual and inspiring personality of the great historian. Bibliography of his works.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Parkman, Francis (1823-1893)

Pasteur and His Work

Stokes 1922
Descour, L. Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“Combines a biographical study with a careful, non-technical account of his experiments and achievements. The biographical material is based largely on the admirable work by Vallery-Radot, son-in-law of Pasteur.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Pasteur, Louis (1822-1895)

The Life of St. Patrick, and His Place in History

Macmillan 1905
Bury, John Bagnell Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“A scholarly, historical biography, based on source material extant in 1905.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Patrick, Saint (373?-463?)

History of St Vincent de Paul, Founder of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) and of the Sisters of Charity

Longmans 1908
Bougaud, MonseigneurGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Father De Paul dedicated himself to organizing service to the poor. His colorful life included capture by Barbary pirates followed by enslavement in Tunis and Istanbul.

St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660)

The True William Penn

Lippincott 1900
Fisher, Sydney GeorgeGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“The author considers that “the real Penn, though of a very religious turn of mind, was essentially a man of action, restless and enterprising, at times a courtier and a politician, who loved handsome dress and lived well and lavishly. His life was full of contests, imprisonments, disasters, and suffering, and he lived during the most critical periods of English history.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Penn, William (1644-1718)

Nights; Rome, Venice in the Aesthetic Eighties; London, Paris in the Fighting Nineties

Lippincott 1915
Pennell, Elizabeth RobinsGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Entertaining reminiscences of artistic and intellectual circles illustrated by etchings by Joseph Pennell and others.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1912-1921

Pennell, Elizabeth Robins (1855-1936)

Diary; With Selections from His Correspondence, and an Introduction to Each Volume. 5 volumes

Cassell
Pepys, SamuelGo to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2|Go to Vol 3|Go to Vol 4|Go to Vol 5

DDC: Biography

“The most valuable work extant for an understanding of the court and times of Charles II. The events, characters, follies, vices, and peculiarities of the age are presented in true and lively colors. Its perennial appeal will remain in its revelation of the character of the author—a capable public man, a lover of society, a man of the world, a snob, a child, and lovable withal. Spirited, yet quaintly naive, it is one of the most diverting books in the world. Begun in 1660, it continues for about nine years.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Pepys, Samuel (1633-1703)

Hero of Erie (Oliver Hazard Perry) (Young Heroes of Our Navy)

Appleton 1898
Barnes, James Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“A clear, well told narrative which will interest adult readers as well as the young people for whom it was originally written.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Perry, Oliver Hazard (1785-1819)

Peter the Great, Emperor of Russia

Scribner 1890
Schuyler, Eugene Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

DDC: Biography

“A detailed and scholarly historical biography based on original documents in the archives of various countries, on Russian state papers, on the memoirs and accounts of Peter’s contemporaries, and on the works of historians.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Peter I, the Great, Emperor of Russia (1672-1725)

Petrarch, The First Modern Scholar and Man of Letters

Putnam 1914
Robinson, J. H and Rolfe, H. W. Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“A selection from his correspondence with Boccaccio and other friends. Designed to illustrate the beginnings of the Renaissance. An excellent work for the student, “it views Petrarch not as a poet, nor even, primarily, as a many-sided man of genius, but as the mirror of his age—a mirror in which are reflected all the momentous contrasts between waning Medievalism and the dawning Renaissance.””
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Petrarca, Francesco (1304-1374)

William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, and the Growth and Division of the British Empire, 1708-1778 (Heroes of Nations)

Putnam 1901
Green, Walford Davis Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Good compendious biography of the public career of Chatham, from manuscript and other sources.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Pitt, William, 1st Earl of Chatham (1708-1778)

Pizarro: His Adventures and Conquests (Young folks’ Heroes of History)

Lee 1879
Towle, George Makepeace Go to Book
DDC: Bio Y

Picturesque narrative of exploits of the Spanish hero of the 16th century.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Pizarro, Francisco (1476?-1541)

The Dreamer; a Romantic Rendering of the Life-story of Edgar Allan Poe

Bell 1909
Stanard, Mary NewtonGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“A sympathetic and romantic biography of Poe.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Poe, Edgar Allan (1809-1849)

Edgar Allan Poe; How to Know Him

Bobbs-Merrill 1921
Smith, Charles AlphonsoGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Appreciative criticisms of Poe’s work, accompanied by excerpts which form the bulk of the book. An introduction for the unacquainted reader.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1912-1921
“The first two chapters—The world-author, and The man – are devoted to a summary of his life and an appreciation of his character. The other four chapters, each with a critical introduction, give selections from his works in his various literary genus. They are: The critic; The poet: The writer of short stories; The frontiersman.”
“A detailed and informative discussion. The work of Poe as a critic is emphasized somewhat more than his better-known work as a creative artist.”
“The ‘real Poe’ with which he presents us is, to be frank, a very hazy figure, lost in the clouds of uncritical eulogy.”
– The Book Review Digest

Poe, Edgar Allan (1809-1849)

Reminiscences of Peace and War

Macmillan 1924
Pryor, Sara Agnes (Rice)Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“A Virginia woman’s entertaining social and political reminiscences of Washington and the South from 1852 to 1866.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Pryor, Sara Agnes (Rice) (1830-1912)

My Reminiscences

Holt 1918
Pumpelly, Raphael Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

DDC: Biography

“The detailed autobiography of this noted geologist and mining expert whose work took him into odd corners of the globe and brought adventures with all sorts and conditions of men.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Pumpelly, Raphael (1837-1923)

Ralegh; His Exploits and Voyages (Young Folks’ Heroes of History)

Lee 1882
Towle, George MakepeaceGo to Book
DDC: Bio Y

His young manhood in the brilliant court of Elizabeth, his courage on the battlefield, and the energy with which he pushed his attempts at discovery and colonization, clearly brought out.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Raleigh, Sir Walter (1554-1618)

John Randolph (American Statesmen series)

Houghton, Mifflin 1898
Adams, HenryGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Randolph, John (1773-1833)

An American in the Making

Harper 1917
Ravage, Marcus EliGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“The story of a young Rumanian who began as a peddler and finally succeeded in putting himself through college, with humorously critical sidelights on America to those “who know only America.””
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Ravage, Marcus Eli (1884-1965)

The Life of John Redmond

Doran 1919
Wells, Warre B.Go to Book

DDC: Biography

The history of the struggle for home rule in Ireland as well as the biography of a fine though tragic life. Redmond is shown as a mediator between Ireland and England.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1912-1921
“The contents are: The leader and the man; Ancestry and youth: Early political life; The mantle of Parnell; Towards Home rule; The Home rule hill; Redmond and Sinn Fein; Redmond and Ulster; The war and Redmond’s choice; A clouded ending.”
“The author’s detachment, if it mars the hook on its human side, has its value when he deals with political issues. Lucidity and balance are virtues which Mr Wells possesses in a higher degree than the majority of those who discuss Irish controversies. and his sense of perspective is rarely at fault. His analysis of the various phases of the Home rule struggle is a model of fairness and accuracy.”
– The Book Review Digest

Redmond, John Edward (1856-1918)

A Single Strand; or, A Year at Mount Holyoke Seminary

Presbyterian Board of Publication 1887
Reed, Anna StevensGo to Book

DDC: Biography

A memoir written in the style of a novel, from the author’s experience in the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary.

Reed, Anna Stevens (? – ?)

The Life of Whitelaw Reid

Scribner 1921
Cortissoz, Royal Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

DDC: Biography

“The career of one of America’s distinguished diplomats and journalists, valuable as biography, as history, as a study in the development of American journalism, and in connection with other biographies — John Hay, Henry Adams and Joseph Choate.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“Perhaps no man can be named who had a more complete ‘inside’ knowledge of Republican party politics in the United States from Lincoln to Roosevelt. He had a stirring career as editor and (after Greeley’s death) proprietor of the New York Tribune, at that time the leading Republican paper of the country. Later he served as Ambassador to France, and during the administrations of Roosevelt and Taft was Ambassador to Great Britain. The correspondence on which the author has freely drawn in preparing these volumes covers a period of more than fifty years.”
“He has, in fact, written the political history of a period, with Reid as its central figure—a record painstaking and exact, showing the man in his setting.”
– The Book Review Digest

Reid, Whitelaw (1837-1912)

Cecil Rhodes (Makers of the Nineteenth Century)

Holt 1921
Williams, Basil Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“A true portrayal of a lovable, forceful character against an interesting background of South African diamond fields. Valuable to the student of colonial history and enjoyable to the general reader.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“The author, writing from acquaintance not only with Rhodes himself, but with almost all the personalities who figure in the biography, gives a contemporary portrait of the man and a connected narrative of his work. While to some extent the book is an apology for Rhodes, Mr Williams does not defend all his acts.”
“The plans and achievements of the empire builder are narrated fully and vividly so that the volume is not only the biography of a great imperial figure but a chronicle of South African history during well-nigh a quarter of a century.”
– The Book Review Digest

Rhodes, Cecil John (1853-1902)

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

Richards, Caroline Cowles (1842-1913)

Richelieu and the Growth of French Power (Heroes of the Nations)

Putnam 1900
Perkins, James Breck Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“A most readable biography of the famous cardinal which is based on original source material.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Richelieu, Armand Jean du Plessis, Cardinal (1585-1642)

Eddie Rickenbacker

NY: Macmillan 1946
Adamson, Hans ChristianGo to Book

Rickenbacker, Eddie (1890-1973)

The Story of Louis Riel, the Rebel Chief

Toronto: Rose 1885
Collins, Joseph EdmundGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Riel, Louis (1844-1885)

The Making of an American

Macmillan 1924
Riis, Jacob August Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“The autobiography of a Danish boy who became one of America’s well-known philanthropists and reformers, and the author of a number of books on social conditions in New York.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Riis, Jacob August (1849-1914)

Robespierre

Scribner 1901
Belloc, Hilaire Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“A stirring record which strives by “unravelling Robespierre’s motives to establish his relation to the great movement with which he is sometimes erroneously identified, and to portray the dramatic value of his career.” Pictures vividly the background of the French Revolution.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Robespierre, Maximilien Marie Isidore de (1758-1794)

Theodore Roosevelt and His Time Shown in his Own Letters

Scribner 1920
Bishop, Joseph BucklinGo to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

DDC: Biography

“The biography which was written with Roosevelt’s cooperation and for which he contributed his correspondence. The result is a combined study of personality and a history of New York state and of the United States from 1881 to 1919.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“With perfect taste and judgment Mr Bishop has stood aside and allowed the story to be told through Roosevelt’s letters. He has made an excellent book. Important, always readable and often extremely amusing.”
“A difficult task has been accomplished triumphantly, and the result is a portrait of Roosevelt by himself, set in an editorial frame which is artistically un-obstructive.”
– The Book Review Digest

Roosevelt, Theodore, U.S. President (1858-1919)

Theodore Roosevelt; an Intimate Biography

Houghton 1919
Thayer, William Roscoe Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“The well-known biographer who was a college mate and friend of Roosevelt’s for forty years adds little to the known facts of his public or private life, but brings out their significant aspects. The last chapters are devoted largely to the author’s disagreement with President Wilson, giving the book interest as the history of a campaign.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“This biography is written by an intimate and life-long friend of Mr Roosevelt’s. He says in the preface: “I count it fortunate for me that during the last ten years of his life. I was thrown more with Roosevelt than during all the earlier periods; and so I was able to observe him, to know his motives, and to study his character during the chief crises of his later career. Those of us who knew him, knew him as the most astonishing human expression of the creative spirit we had ever seen.”
– The Book Review Digest

For background histories, see also on this site: U.S. History; 1865 to 1920

Roosevelt, Theodore, U.S. President (1858-1919)

The Rossettis: Dante Gabriel and Christina

Putnam 1900
Cary, Elisabeth LatherGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“Pictures the family life, friendships, labors and achievements of one of the famous Pre-Raphaelites. It also describes some of his paintings and discusses his poetry. Two chapters are devoted to Christina Rossetti and her poetry. Contains chronological lists of the more important writings, and of the paintings and drawings of Rossetti, also a list of Christina’s poems.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

For works about other artists, see:
– Herrick, Francis Hobart, Audubon the Naturalist in Century Past Biographies: A & B
;
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;
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

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel (1828-1882)


Rossetti, Christina Georgina (1830-1894)

Confessions (4 volumes)

Gibbings 1901
Rousseau, Jean Jacques Go to Vols 1-4

DDC: Biography

“One of the most wonderful autobiographies in literature, and all told, probably Rousseau’s most valuable permanent contribution to pure literature. A frank and detailed record which reveals the mind and heart of the great French philosopher.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Rousseau, Jean Jacques (1712-1778)

John Ruskin (English Men of Letters)

Macmillan 1902
Harrison, Frederic Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“A friend for many years, the author shows Ruskin’s predominance in the esthetic study of nature and art as an influence rather than as an authority.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

For works about other artists, see:
– Herrick, Francis Hobart, Audubon the Naturalist in Century Past Biographies: A & B
;
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;
Cary, Elisabeth Lather, The Rossettis: Dante Gabriel and Christina 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

Ruskin, John (1819-1900)



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