Century Past Biographies: W, X, Y & Z

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    My First Years as a Frenchwoman

    Scribner 1914
    Waddington, Mary KingGo to Book

    DDC: Biography

    “Consists of entertaining reminiscences of diplomatic and social life in Paris during the early years of the third republic.”
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

    Waddington, Mary Alsop King (1833-1923)

    Letters of a Diplomat’s Wife, 1883-1900

    Scribner 1903
    Waddington, Mary KingGo to Book

    DDC: Biography

    “The American born wife of a French ambassador at Moscow and London gives striking impressions of historic personages and scenes in informal family letters.”
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

    Waddington, Mary Alsop King (1833-1923)

    Richard Wagner; his Life and his Dramas. A Biographical Study of the Man and an Explanation of his Work.

    Putnam 1902
    Henderson, William James Go to Book

    DDC: Biography

    “This work contains an analytical account of the musical dramas, with their themes and sources of plots.”
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1926
    “The purpose of this book is to supply Wagner lovers with a single work which shall meet all their needs. The author has told the story of Wagner’s life, explained his artistic aims, given the history of each of his great works. ”
    – Preface

    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;
    Duncan, Edmondstoune, Schubert in Century Past Biographies: S;
    Dole, Nathan Haskell, Famous Composers in Century Past Collective Biographies – Authors A–F

    Wagner, Richard (1813-1883)

    Writer’s Recollections

    Harper 1918
    Ward, Mary Augusta Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

    DDC: Biography

    “An interesting individual life, and an unfolding of much of the sober intellectual life, and the movements of political and religious thought and society in England in the later nineteenth century.”
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

    Ward, Mary Augusta (1851-1920)

    Warwick, the Kingmaker (English Men of Action)

    Macmillan 1916
    Oman, Sir Charles William ChadwickGo to Book

    DDC: Biography

    “A vigorous and coherent study of the man and the forces that shaped England in the fifteenth century.”
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

    Warwick. Richard Neville, Earl of (1428-1471)

    Up from Slavery, an Autobiography

    Doubleday 1915
    Washington, Booker TaliaferroGo to Book

    DDC: Biography

    “The inspiring story of a colored boy’s gradual rise, by hard work and ambition, from an unconsidered child in a dingy cabin to the recognized leader and benefactor of his race.”
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

    Washington, Booker Taliaferro (1859-1915)

    George Washington (American Statesmen)

    Houghton 1891
    Lodge, Henry CabotGo to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

    DDC: Biography

    “Seeks to present Washington as he really was a man capable of winning the respect of all and the affection of many, rather than the prudish, cold, and bloodless man of the cherry-tree tradition. Written from abundant knowledge, it embodies excellent judgment and temper, and a strong desire to be accurate.”
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

    Washington, George, U.S. President (1732-1799)

    The Writings of George Washington …

    Little, Brown 1855
    Sparks, Jared, ed.All 12 Volumes

    DDC: Biography

    (title continued) ” … being his correspondence, addresses, messages, and other papers, official and private, selected and published from the original manuscripts; with a life of the author, notes and illustrations “

    This is a later edition of a collection originally published in 1837. Contents are:

    Vol. 1: Life of Washington [a biography by Jared Sparks]

    Part First: Official Letters Relating to the French War, and Private Letters Before the American Revolution
    Vol. 2: Correspondence from March 1754 to May 1775, with 14 appendices

    Part Second: Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers Relating to the American Revolution
    Vol. 3: Correspondence from June 1775 to July 1776, with 15 appendices
    Vol. 4: Correspondence from July 1776 to July 1777, with 15 appendices
    Vol. 5: Correspondence from July 1777 to July 1778, with 18 appendices
    Vol. 6: Correspondence from July 1778 to March 1780, with 8 appendices
    Vol. 7: Correspondence from March 1780 to April 1781, with 10 appendices
    Vol. 8: Correspondence from April 1781 to December 1783, with 15 appendices

    Part Third: Private Letters from the Time Washington Resigned his Commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Army to that of his Inauguration as President of the United States
    Vol. 9: Correspondence from December 1783 to April 1789, with 7 appendices

    Part Fourth: Letters Official and Private, from the Beginning of his Presidency to the End of his Life
    Vol. 10: Correspondence from May 1789 to November 1794, with 23 appendices
    Vol. 11: Correspondence from November 1794 to December 1799, with 21 appendices

    Part Fifth: Speeches and Messages to Congress, Proclamations, and Addresses
    Vol. 12: Speeches to Congress, Messages to Congress, Proclamations, Addresses, 13 appendices, 7 indexes

    Washington, George, U.S. President (1732-1799)

    Seven Years Among the Freedmen

    Chicago: Arnold 1891
    Waterbury, MariaGo to Book

    DDC: Biography

    After the Civil War, Missionaries head south from Illinois to teach and minister to the Freedmen.

    Waterbury, Maria (? – ?)

    “Our Sentry Go”

    Seymour 1924
    Watson, Jeannette GraceGo to Book

    DDC: Biography

    Memoir of World War I by the wife of the Rector of the American Church in Paris. The couple worked throughout the war with the American Ambulance Field Service, the Red Cross, and other relief efforts in Europe.

    Watson, Jeannette Grace (1885-1929)

    Daniel Webster (American Statesmen)

    Houghton 1917
    Lodge, Henry CabotGo to Book

    DDC: Biography

    “An appreciative study by a well-informed scholar which points out Webster’s faults as well as his merits.”
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

    Webster, Daniel (1782-1852)

    Wellington (English men of Action)

    Macmillan 1890
    Hooper, GeorgeGo to Book

    DDC: Biography

    Casts aside the non-essential and seizes on the salient points of his character and career.
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1904

    Wellesley, Arthur, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852)

    Life of John Wesley

    Macmillan 1906
    Winchester, Caleb ThomasGo to Book

    DDC: Biography

    “An interesting, popular presentation of the personal side of Wesley’s career, against a background of eighteenth century conditions.”
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

    Wesley, John (1703-1791)

    A Life of George Westinghouse

    Scribner 1922
    Prout, Henry GosleeGo to Book

    DDC: Biography

    “The story of Mr. Westinghouse’s engineering achievements and, in separate chapters, the personal side of his life.”
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

    Westinghouse, George (1846-1914)

    Walt Whitman: His Life and Work (American Men of Letters)

    Houghton 1906
    Perry, BlissGo to Book

    DDC: Biography

    “A careful biographical and critical study, the most desirable for the single purchase for the public library. Altogether the volume will probably take its place as the sane and authoritative life of Whitman for many years to come.”
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

    Whitman, Walt (1819-1892)

    William the Conqueror and the Rule of the Normans. (Heroes of the nations)

    Putnam 1908
    Stenton, Frank Merry Go to Book

    DDC: Biography

    “An impartial, scholarly biography, containing three chapters which sketch the changes in constitutional organization and social life following the events of 1066.”
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

    William, the Conqueror, King of England (1028-1087)

    Roger Williams; A study of the Life, Times and Character of a Political Pioneer

    Baker & Taylor 1909
    Carpenter, Edmund J. Go to Book

    DDC: Biography

    “A semi-popular study of the life, times, and character of the founder of Rhode Island, from a personal and political rather than from a religious point of view. Based on source material.”
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

    Williams, Roger (1603-1683)

    Woodrow Wilson, the Man, his Times and his Task

    Houghton 1924
    White, William AllenGo to Book

    DDC: Biography

    “The editor of the Emporia Gazette tries to show the real Woodrow Wilson whom he knew and loved and found imperfect. Though it adds little that is historically new, it achieves balance and a fine dignity.”
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

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

    Wilson, Woodrow, U.S. President (1856-1924)

    The Intimate Papers of Colonel House arranged as a Narrative

    Houghton 1926
    Seymour, Charles, ed.Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

    DDC: Biography

    Colonel House was a close aide to President Woodrow Wilson, and these papers are about his years in the White House.
    “This absorbing work ranks with those of Grey and Ludendorf as a war record indispensable to the future historian. It is perhaps more valuable than the others since it embraces a wider field.”
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

    House, Edward Mandell (1858-1938)

    Wilson, Woodrow, U. S. President (1856-1924)


    Houghton 1894
    Winslow, Anna Green, ed. by Alice Morse EarleGo to Book
    DDC: Bio Y

    Journal of a little Boston school girl, supplemented by editor’s notes. Entertaining picture of domestic life in Boston a century ago.
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1904
    The diary is a series of letters from Anna to her mother, written between 1771-1773. Editor Alice Earle added extensive background notes about the political atmosphere in Boston at that time.

    Winslow, Anna Green (1759-1780)

    Life and Letters of John Winthrop, Governor of the Massachusetts-Bay Company at their Emigration to New England

    Little 1864-67
    Winthrop, Robert CharlesGo to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2

    DDC: Biography

    “The first volume is one of the choicest examples of Puritan biography, containing extracts from Winthrop’s early diaries and correspondence and material of greatest importance about the settlement of Massachusetts. The second volume closely follows Winthrop’s Journal but includes important state papers. A chief authority.”
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

    Winthrop, John (1588-1649)

    Sally Wister’s Journal, a True Narrative; Being a Quaker Maiden’s Account of her Experiences with Officers of the Continental Army, 1777-1778

    Ferris 1902
    Wister, Sarah Go to Book

    DDC: Biography

    Of some value as a historical document, but more interesting as a picture of genuine girlhood.
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1904

    Wister, Sarah (1761-1864)

    Cardinal Wolsey (Twelve English Statesmen)

    Macmillan 1921
    Creighton, Mandell Go to Book

    DDC: Biography

    “An interesting record of the life and work of Henry the Eighth’s too devoted servant, one of the greatest of English diplomats.”
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

    Wolsey, Thomas, Cardinal (1473-1530)

    The Wright Brothers

    NY: Harcourt Brace 1943
    Kelly, Fred C. Go to Book

    (title continued) ” … a biography authorized by Orville Wright”

    Wright, Wilbur (1867-1912) Wright, Orville (1871-1948)

    John Wycliffe; Last of the Schoolmen and First of the English Reformers (Heroes of the Nations)

    Putnam 1893
    Sergeant, LewisGo to Book

    DDC: Biography

    “A picture of John Wycliffe as an Oxford schoolman, and of the schoolmen in general as pioneers of the reformation and the revival of learning.”
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

    Wycliffe, John (1320-1384)

    Reveries over Childhood and Youth

    Macmillan 1916
    Yeats, William Butler Go to Book

    DDC: Biography

    “A spiritual and emotional autobiography of the well-known poet’s early years, part of which he spent with his grandfather in Ireland, and part with his father, a painter.”
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

    Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939)

    A Soldier’s Memories in Peace and War

    Dutton 1917
    Younghusband, Sir George JohnGo to Book

    DDC: Biography

    “A British officer in India, Egypt, the Boer war, and the Spanish-American war, the author tells his experiences with humor, precision, and occasionally with emotion.”
    — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

    Younghusband, Sir George John (1859-1944)

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