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William Howard Taft

NY: Minton, Balch 1930
Duffy, Herbert S.Go to Book

Taft, William Howard, U.S. President (1857-1930)

The Great Intendant; A Chronicle of Jean Talon in Canada 1665-1672

Toronto: Glasgow, Brook 1921
Chapais, ThomasGo to Book

DDC: Biography

Talon, Jean (1626-1694)

The Print of My Remembrance

Scribner 1922
Thomas, AugustusGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“The record of Mr. Thomas’s typically American career as page-boy in Congress, labor agitator, newspaper correspondent, cartoonist, fiction writer, actor, and playwright. Full of interesting reminiscences of actors. Contains a chronological list of his plays.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Thomas, Augustus (1857-1934)

The Life of Henry David Thoreau, including many essays hitherto unpublished, and some account of his family and friends

Houghton 1917
Sanborn, Franklin Benjamin Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“A pleasing combination of biography, interpretation, and personal tribute.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“Sanborn had the gift that novelists envy of presenting his hero living and real before the mind’s eye of his reader without blurring the figure by over-emphasis.”
“So thorough has been the search for records and manuscripts that it is unlikely that there will ever be further discoveries of importance.”
– The Book Review Digest

Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862)

Life and Times of Mrs. Lucy G. Thurston

Andrews 1882
Thurston, Lucy GoodaleGo to Book

DDC: Biography

(title continued) ” …Wife of Rev. Asa Thurston, Pioneer Missionary to the Sandwich Islands, gathered from letters and journals extending over a period of more than fifty years”

The Sandwich Islands are now known as Hawaii or the Hawaiian Islands.

Thurston, Lucy Goodale (1787-1868)

Titian (Library of art)

Scribner 1904
Gronau, GeorgGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“Clarifies for the ordinary reader the main phases of Titian’s development as an artist, his personality, and his relations with his great patrons.”
— 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;
Harrison, Frederic, John Ruskin in Century Past Biographies: P, Q & R;
Caffin, Charles Henry, American Masters of Painting, being Brief Appreciations of some American Painters in Century Past Collective Biographies – Authors A–F

Titian, Vecelli (1477-1576)

How Count L. N. Tolstoy Lives and Works

Crowell 1899
Sergyeenko, P. A.Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Tolstoy, Leo (Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy) (1822-1910)

Tolstoy (Master Spirits of Literature)

Duffield 1918
Noyes, George RapallGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“Professor Noyes has written a most satisfactory life of Tolstoy and a brilliant connected criticism of his writings. He reveals Tolstoy as the literary artist who achieved impeccable perfection, and as a moralist and preacher in the proper relation to his age.”
– The Book Review Digest

Tolstoy, Leo (Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy) (1822-1910)

Torquemada and the Spanish Inquisition

Houghton 1924
Sabatini, RafaelGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“A thorough study, detached and nonpartisan, of one of the strangest characters in history and of the instrument he fashioned in the Spanish inquisition to establish the unquestioned power of the Church of Rome.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Torquemada, Tomas de (1420-1498)

Autobiography

Doubleday 1916
Trudeau, Edward LivingstonGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“This pioneer physician in the open-air treatment of tuberculosis gives a human and inspiring record of his ideals and achievements in establishing the sanitarium and laboratory at Saranac, N. Y.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Trudeau, Edward Livingston (1848-1915)

Harriet; The Moses of Her People

Lockwood 1886
Bradford, Sarah H.Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Biography of Harriet Tubman, the African-American abolitionist who, among many achievements, made 13 missions into the south to rescue slaves via the underground railroad.

Tubman, Harriet (1822-1913)

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, Albert 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

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

A Short Life of Mark Twain

Harper 1920
Paine, Albert BigelowGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“A condensation and selection from Mark Twain, a Biography; the Personal and Literary Life. 1912. 3 vols. It is well done but does not replace the full work.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“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

See also: Twain, Mark, Life on the Mississippi in Navigation on the Great Lakes & the Region’s Rivers

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

A Child of the Orient

Houghton 1914
Vaka, Demetra Go to Book

DDC: Biography

Reminiscences of the author’s early days as a Greek child in Constantinople, of her childhood friends, of women in the harems, of her theoretical hatred and personal affection for the Turks. Also describes her first years in America.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1912-1921

Vaka, Demetra (Mrs. Kenneth Brown) (1877-1946)

Haremlik; Some Pages from the Life of Turkish Women

Houghton 1909
Vaka, Demetra Go to Book

DDC: Biography

See the other entry on this page for Demetra Vaka.

Vaka, Demetra (Mrs. Kenneth Brown) (1877-1946)

Martin Van Buren (American Statesmen)

Houghton 1888
Shepard, Edward MorseGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“A biography which places Van Buren on a high plane of statesmanship as a real successor of Jefferson and his associates. It gives a new interpretation to both national and New York state politics of 1820-50.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Van Buren, Martin, U.S. President (1782-1862)

Venizelos (Modern Statesmen series)

Houghton 1923
Gibbons, Herbert Adams Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“A life which includes the history of his political career, of his work for Greece during the war and the part Greece has played in the Balkan triangle under the leadership of this great patriot.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“Contents: The boyhood and early manhood of an unredeemed Greek: A revolutionary by profession; Venizelos solves the Cretan question; Venizelos intervenes in Greece; The Balkan alliance surprises Europe; Turkey is crushed by her former Balkan subjects; The second Balkan war and the treaty of Bukarest; Venizelos reorganizes Greece internally; Venizelos offers to Join the entente against Germany; Constantine tries to keep Greece neutral; Venizelos goes to Saloniki: Greece In the world war; Venizelos at the peace conference; Greece against the Integrity of the Ottoman empire.”
“Aside from its strictly biographical features, this volume is a contribution to the recent history of the Balkans, as well as to that of the peace conference at Paris.”
“Much of this biography is based on the author’s personal acquaintance with his subject. As a college teacher in the Near East he has, moreover, an intimate knowledge of the entire political situation that precipitated the second Balkan war, that kept Greece neutral in 1915 and 1916, and that dictated the policy of Venizelos at the peace conference.”
– The Book Review Digest

Venizelos, Eleftherios (1864-1936)

Paul Verlaine

Houghton 1921
Nicolson, Harold GeorgeGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“A brilliant biography and an impartial estimate of a much discussed French poet who illustrates vividly the currents and cross-currents which swayed French poetry between the sixties and the nineties. Verlaine reflected and inspired the impulses of the Symbolists and the Decadents.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“The author‘s apology for writing still another life of Verlaine is that Verlaine, during his lifetime, stood in a unique relation to the movements of French literature. Born during the romantic period, his first writings were composed under the aegis of the Parnassians, and his later years reflected and inspired the impulses of the symbolists and the decadents. No one illustrates more vividly the currents and cross-currents which swayed French poetry between the ‘sixties and the ’nineties. No biography can equal his as an introduction to the French literature of to-day. The poet is depicted as a mild and docile creature while not under the brutalizing influence of drink, and amenable to every form of discipline except self-discipline. One chapter is devoted to Arthur Rimbaud, the evil genius of Verlaine’s life.”
– The Book Review Digest

Verlaine, Paul Marie (1844-1896)

Victoria

Harcourt 1921
Strachey, Giles Lytton Go to Book

DDC: Biography

“A fascinating presentation of the Queen and her time, keen characterizations of Lord Melbourne, Palmerston, Gladstone, and Disraeli, and an impressive and convincing portrait of the Prince Consort. Done with the frankness and subtlety of a great artist.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926
“In the long. amazing career which we follow we are ever conscious of the Queen as a woman, of the social and political atmosphere of the changes she lived through, and of her relation to those changes as head of the State. The career of the Queen falls into five periods — the Melbourne period, her married years, the years of seclusion and unpopularity which followed the death of the Prince Consort, her emergence under the influence of Disraeli, and finally her apotheosis in old age as the mother of her people and the symbol of their imperial greatness.”
“Mr Strachey has the advantage of dealing with real people, instead of with characters laboriously abstracted from life in general, and his book is more fascinating an compelling than most novels.”
– The Book Review Digest

Victoria, Queen of Great Britain (1819-1901)

Villiers, His Five Decades of Adventure

Harper 1920
Villiers, FredericGo to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

DDC: Biography

“Two volumes devoted to the life of a veteran war correspondent and artist. He was born in 1851, in England, and his first association with wars came in 1870 when he went over to Paris to pick up material for a panorama of the Franco-Prussian war. The next adventure that offered was the war between Serbia and Turkey in 1876, and others followed, taking him to every part of the earth, down to the great war.”
“Here between covers are the dramatic figures and the stirring events of two and a half generations presented by a writer trained throughout a lifetime in the art of bringing out all the high lights and shades of dramatic contrasts.”
– The Book Review Digest

Villiers, Frederic (1851-1922)

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)

Voltaire

Macmillan 1906
Morley, JohnGo to Book

DDC: Biography

“An excellent work of some length.”
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Voltaire, Francois Marie Arouet de (1694-1778)



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