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From the Forecastle to the Cabin

Harper 1887
Samuels, Capt Samuel Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Experiences of author who ran away from home and shipped as cabin boy; points out dangers that beset a seafaring life.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Samuels, Captain Samuel (1825-1908)

Life and Times of Girolamo Savonarola

Scribner 1899
Villari, Pasquale Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

DDC: Biography

“The author ranks Savonarola with others in history who have endeavored to reconcile reason with faith and religion with liberty. Shows clearly the nature of his quarrel with Rome and pictures him as a precursor of the counter revolution.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Savonarola, Girolamo Maria Francesco Matteo (1452-1498)

Schubert (Master Musicians series)

Dutton 1920
Duncan, EdmondstouneGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“A brief biography divided into three sections: Biographical, devoted to purely biographical details; The man, containing an account of Schubert’s character, religion, friends, literary tastes, and allied topics; The musician, describing Schubert’s compositions. Appendixes contain a bibliography of material about Schubert, a list of his works, a short chronology, and Schubert personalia and memoranda.”
— 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
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;
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

Schubert, Franz Peter (1797-1828)


Doubleday 1907-08
Schurz, Carl Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2|Go to Vol 3

DDC: Biography

“An autobiography which mirrors a character distinguished for keen judgment, zest in affairs and persistent idealism. It shows Schurz as German student and revolutionist (1848), American diplomat, Union general and statesman, closing, in 1869, with the beginning of his career in the Senate. His later life is summarized by Frederick Bancroft and W. A. Dunning, in volume three.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Schurz, Carl (1829-1906)

Catherine Schuyler (Women of Colonial and Revolutionary Times)

Scribner 1897
Humphreys, Mary GayGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“A life of Catherine Van Rensselaer, wife of General Philip Schuyler, which describes Dutch colonial life and society in Albany during the Revolutionary period.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Schuyler, Catherine (Van Rensselaer) (1734?-1803)

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 (Nellie Bly) (1864-1922)

Life and Letters of Catharine M. Sedgwick

Harper & Brothers 1871
Dewey, Mary E.Go to Book

DDC: Biography

A popular author of novels and short stories from the 1820s until the 1850s. She was born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, to a father who would become Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sedgwick, Catharine Maria (1789-1867)

The Letters of Madame de Sevigne to her Daughter and Friends

Roberts 1878
Sevigne, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“Of this correspondence Saintsbury said: “No writer of letters has ever approached her in unstudied grace, in fullness of interest, and in power of attracting the reader to the personality of the writer.” ”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Sevigne, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de (1626-1696)

William H. Seward (American Crisis Biographies)

Jacobs 1910
Hale, Edward Everett Jr.Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Seward, William H. (1801-1872)

The Life of Sir Ernest Shackleton

Heinemann 1923
Mill, Hugh Robert Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“The fascinating, authoritative record of the great British explorer’s life—his background and youth, his Antarctic expeditions and war work, and his last voyage. Written by a friend and fellow explorer who interprets Shackleton’s character with understanding and admirable restraint.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Shackleton, Sir Ernest Henry (1874-1922)

Lord Shaftesbury (Makers of the Nineteenth Century)

Constable 1923
Hammond, John Lawrence and Barbara HammondGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“An excellent study of the career and character of the English philanthropist and social reformer who is one of the outstanding figures in English industrial history. The emphasis is placed on the details of his life relating to industrial history; biographical detail not affecting this is omitted.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Shaftesbury, Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of (1801-1885)

The Story of a Pioneer

Harper 1915
Shaw, Anna HowardGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“A fascinating autobiography, written with the author’s characteristic flashes of humor. Beginning with childhood days and the moving of the family into the heart of the forest wilderness where untold hardships were bravely borne, it follows her determined and successful fight for an excellent education, her struggles in Michigan as the first woman clergyman in the Methodist church, and her long leadership with Susan B. Anthony in the suffrage movement.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Shaw, Anna Howard (1847-1919)

George Bernard Shaw, His Life and Works

Stewart and Kidd 1911
Henderson, ArchibaldGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“A Boswellian biography, authorized by Mr. Shaw, who has contributed to it what he calls a “mass of unceremonious and irresponsible autobiography.” Despite its questionable taste, the book is a detailed and accurate account of the various phases of art, economics and literature in which Mr. Shaw has interested himself.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Shaw, George Bernard (1856-1950)

Personal Memoirs

Appleton 1886
Sherman, William TecumsehGo to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

DDC: Biography

Admirably clear and direct. Free use of his letters, orders and reports gives great interest and value. Closes with great review in Washington, but concluding chapter on military lessons of the war full of knowledge, wisdom and sound sense.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

For biographies of Civil War Generals, see:
– Grant, F. D., ed., Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant in Century Past Biographies: G & H
White, Henry Alexander, Robert E. Lee and the Southern Confederacy, 1807-1870 in Century Past Biographies: I, J, K & L;
Johnston, Robert M., Leading American Soldiers in Century Past Collective Biography G – P;
Bradford, Gamaliel, Confederate portraits in Century Past Collective Biography A – F;
Bradford, Gamaliel, Union portraits in Century Past Collective Biography A – F

Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891)

Mary Slessor of Calabar; Pioneer Missionary

Doran 1916
Livingstone, William PringleGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“The heroine was a Scotch girl born amidst the humblest surroundings and conditions, which made her at fourteen and for fourteen years a millworker in the city of Dundee. . . . From her early childhood she was interested in the missionary efforts along the old Calabar coast, and here from 1876 until her death in 1915 she carried on, often alone and in the midst of danger, a pioneer work for the reclamation of the savage tribes. This well written memoir, based chiefly upon her many letters, gives the reader a. striking picture of the barbarous life and customs of the natives of Calabar and shows the uplifting power of civilization.”
“One of the most fascinating missionary biographies ever written. It has the romance of heroism and adventure, the vitality of vigorous achievement, the freshness of pioneering in a land of strange peoples and weird customs.”
– The Book Review Digest

Slessor, Mary Mitchell (1848-1915)

Adam Smith (English Men of Letters)

Macmillan 1904
Hirst, Francis Wrigley Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“A lucid, well written exposition of Smith’s economic theories, and a biography without a suggestion of dullness.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Smith, Adam (1723-1790)

Captain John Smith (English Men of Action)

Macmillan 1905
Bradley, Arthur GranvilleGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“Based on Smith’s own narratives, it deals fully with his experiences in Virginia and with the Jamestown colony.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Smith, John (1580-1631)


Appleton 1904
Spencer, HerbertGo to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

DDC: Biography

“A human document of extraordinary interest which, besides being the record of a life that was heroic in the finest sense, is also one of the most honest books ever written.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Spencer, Herbert (1820-1903)


Houghton 1911
Stanley, Sir Henry Morton Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“A remarkably absorbing and inspiring record of early hardship bravely borne and made to contribute to the splendid power of achievement which overcame all obstacles in his great African explorations. The unfinished autobiography is supplemented by extracts from his journals, letters and notebooks skillfully woven together by his wife.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Stanley, Sir Henry Morton (1841-1904)

Against the Current; Simple Chapters from a Complex Life

Revell 1910
Steiner, Edward Alfred Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“The dramatic, appealing story of the author’s childhood as an orthodox Hebrew in Hungary, and of the unusual influences contributing to his mental and spiritual development and his passion for humanity.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Steiner, Edward Alfred (1866-1956)

Thaddeus Stevens (American Statesmen series)

Houghton, Mifflin 1899
McCall, Samuel W. Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Stevens, Thaddeus (1792-1868)

Autobiography of a Journalist

Houghton 1901
Stillman, William JamesGo to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

DDC: Biography

His personal friendships with Emerson, Lowell, Agassiz, Rossetti and others, and wide acquaintance with art, archeology and European affairs of last half century lend high interest. Appeared in abridged form in Atlantic.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904
Stillman was also an archaeologist, a diplomat and a fine photographer.

Stillman, William James (1828-1901)

Under Four Administrations; From Cleveland to Taft

Houghton 1922
Straus, Oscar SolomonGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“The personal friend of Cleveland, McKinley, Roosevelt and Taft, twice minister, and later ambassador to Turkey, secretary of labor under Roosevelt, member of the Permanent court of arbitration at The Hague and chairman of the Paris commission of the League to enforce peace, the author has written not merely an autobiography, but an authoritative chronicle of important national and international episodes.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Straus, Oscar Solomon (1850-1926)

August Strindberg: The Spirit of Revolt. Studies and Impressions

Appleton 1913
Lind-af-Hageby, Lizzy Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“A sympathetic, thoughtful and interesting appreciation of this morbid genius. The biographical part is largely a condensation of his autobiographical writings and presents a clear and vigorous portrait. The full review of his work introduces English readers to the untranslated plays and to new phases of his literary work. The only book of its sort in English.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Strindberg, August (1849-1912)

The Mystery of Mary Stuart

Longmans 1902
Lang, Andrew Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“Mr. Lang has collated narratives with extraordinary diligence, confronted witnesses with each other, sifted their evidence and tested their motives with exemplary impartiality.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Mary Stuart, Queen of the Scots (1542-1587)

Autobiography of an Idea

American institute of architects 1924
Sullivan, Louis Henry Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“A stirring story, a revelation of the fine spirit and alert, independent mind of the man who was “the first squarely to face the expressional problem of the steel framed skyscraper” and to work toward its solution.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Sullivan, Louis Henry (1856-1924)

Charles Sumner (American Crisis Biographies)

Jacobs 1909
Haynes, George H. Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Sumner, Charles (1811-1874)

Life and Mission of Emanuel Swedenborg

Little 1901
Worcester, BenjaminGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Swedenborg, Emanuel (1688-1772)

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