Collective Biographies A-F – Authors Whose Names Start with A-F

Free online collective biographies by authors whose names begin with A to F; one of three such pages on this site. Collective (or group) biographies usually contain a set of short individual bios of people in the group. Visit the ‘Directory’ for a complete list of individual and collective biographies on this site, with links to appropriate pages.

Collective Biographies : Authors A-F

Heroines of modern progress

Adams, Elmer Cleveland and Foster, Warren Dunham
Macmillan 1913 Dewey Dec. Biography

Chapter headings are: – Elizabeth Fry, – Mary Lyon, – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, – Harriet Beecher Stowe, – Florence Nightingale, – Clara Barton, – Julia Ward Howe, – Frances E. Willard, – J. Ellen Foster, – Jane Addams, – Chronological Outline

For works about leading American women of the 19th century, see:
Parkman, Mary Rosetta, Heroines of service in Century Past Collective Biography G – P;
Worthington & Co. , Our Famous Women in Century Past Collective Biography Q – Z

Makers of Naval Tradition

Alden, Carroll Storrs and Earle, Ralph
Ginn 1925 Dewey Dec. Biography

Chapter headings are: 1. The Navy and Tradition, 2. John Paul Jones (1747-1792), 3. Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), 4. Thomas Macdonough (1783-1825), 5. Matthew Calbraith Perry (1794-1858), 6. Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873), 7. John Adolphus Dahlgren (1809- 1870), 8. David Glasgow Farragut (1801-1870), 9. David Dixon Porter (1813-1891), 10. Stephen Bleecker Luce (1827-1917), 11. Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914), 12. George Dewey (1837-1917), 13. William Thomas Sampson (1840-1902), 14. William Sowden Sims, 15. Makers of Tradition in our Day: Period of Preparation, 16. Makers of Tradition in our Day: War Once More

“Sketches of American naval men of note, giving biographical details and dwelling on their contribution to the navy. Prepared primarily for midshipmen by two Annapolis instructors, it contains useful material in readable form.
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1926

Famous American Statesmen

Bolton, Sarah Knowles
Crowell 1888 Dewey Dec. Biography

Contents: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, Charles Sumner, Ulysses S. Grant, James A. Garfield.

Famous Leaders among Women

Bolton, Sarah Knowles
Crowell 1895 Dewey Dec. Biography

Contents: Madame de Maintenon; Catharine n of Russia; Madame Le Brun; Dolly Madison; Catherine Booth. Lucy Stone; Lady Henry Somerset; Julia Ward Howe; Queen Victoria.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Famous Voyagers and Explorers

Bolton, Sarah Knowles
Crowell 1893 Dewey Dec. Biography

Chapter headings are: – Christopher Columbus, – Marco Polo, – Ferdinand Magellan, – Sir Walter Raleigh, – Sir John Franklin, Dr. Kane, C. F. Hall, and others, – David Livingstone, – Matthew Calbraith Perry, – General A. W. Greely and other Arctic Explorers

Lives of Girls who Became Famous

Bolton, Sarah Knowles
Crowell 1886 Dewey Dec. Biography

Contents: Harriet Beecher Stowe; Helen Hunt Jackson; Lucretia Mott; Mary A. Livermore; Margaret Fuller Ossoli: Maria Mitchell; Louisa M. Alcott; Mary Lyon; Harriet O. Hosmer; Madame de Stael; Rosa Bonheur; Elizabeth Barrett Browning: “George Eliot”; Elizabeth Fry; Elizabeth Thompson Butler; Florence Nightingale; Lady Brassey; Baroness Burdett-Coutts: Jean Ingelow.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

American Portraits, 1875-1900

Bradford, Gamaliel
Houghton 1922 Dewey Dec. Biography

“Contents: Mark Twain; Henry Adams; Sidney Lanier; James McNeill Whistler; James Gillespie Blaine; Grover Cleveland; Henry James; Joseph Jefferson.
Mr. Bradford is a master in the new school of psychographic biography—that type of biography
which pictures its subjects as vital and intensely human personalities reacting in a natural way to the conditions peculiar to their time and position. He writes gracefully and entertainingly, has sympathy and discrimination, and is unquestionably accurate.”
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1926

Confederate Portraits

Bradford, Gamaliel
Houghton 1914 Dewey Dec. Biography

“Contents: Joseph E. Johnston: J. E. B. Stuart; James Longstreet; P. G. T. Beauregard; Judah P. Benjamin; Alexander H. Stephens; Robert Toombs; Raphael Semmes; The Battle of Gettysburg.”
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1926

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;
Sherman, William Tecumseh, Personal Memoirs in Century Past Biographies: S;
Johnston, Robert M., Leading American Soldiers in Century Past Collective Biography G – P;
Bradford, Gamaliel, Union portraits in Century Past Collective Biography A – F

Portraits of American Women

Bradford, Gamaliel
Houghton 1919 Dewey Dec. Biography

The women chosen by the author for his portraits are: Abigail Adams, Sarah Alden Ripley, Mary Lyon, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Louisa May Alcott, Frances Elizabeth Willard, Emily Dickinson. All of these with the exception of Miss Willard are New England women, because satisfactory material affecting their lives was most readily accessible.
“The studies are written with simplicity and charm. The author wisely lets the subjects speak much for themselves. But his own judgments are pleasantly keen.”
– The Book Review Digest

Union Portraits

Bradford, Gamaliel
Houghton 1916 Dewey Dec. Biography

“Contents: George Brinton McCIellan; Joseph Hooker; George Gordon Meade; George Henry Thomas; William Tecumseh Sherman; Edwin McMasters Stanton; William Henry Seward; Charles Sumner; Samuel Bowles.”
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1926

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;
Sherman, William Tecumseh, Personal Memoirs in Century Past Biographies: S;
Johnston, Robert M., Leading American Soldiers in Century Past Collective Biography G – P;
Bradford, Gamaliel, Confederate portraits in Century Past Collective Biography A – F;

Story Lives of Master Musicians

Brower, Harriette Moore
Stokes 1922 Dewey Dec. Biography

Chapter headings are: 1. Palestrina, 2. John Sebastian Bach, 3. George Frederick Handel, 4. Christoph Willibald Gluck, 5. Josef Haydn, 6. Wolfgang Mozart, 7. Ludwig van Beethoven, 8. Carl Maria von Weber, 9. Franz Shubert, 10. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, 11. Robert Schumann, 12. Frederic Chopin, 13. Hector Berlioz, 14. Franz Liszt, 15. Giuseppe Verdi, 16. Richard Wagner, 17. Cesar Franck, 18. Johannes Brahms, 19. Edward Grieg, 20. Peter Ilyitch Tschaikowsky, 21. Edward MacDowell, 22. Claude Achille Debussy

“Interesting accounts of the lives of twenty-two musicians from Palestrina and Bach to McDowell and Debussy, telling of their boyhood, instructors, work and achievements. Arranged chronologically.”
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1926

Woman in the Making of America

Bruce, Henry Addington Bayley
Little 1912 Dewey Dec. Biography

Chapter headings are: 1. In the Time of the Founding, 2. Later Colonial Belles and Housewives, 3. The Women of the Revolution, 4. Heroines of the Westward Movement, 5. The Struggle over Slavery, 6. Woman’s Work in the Civil War, 7. The Women of To-day

“Stories of strong, patriotic women of colonial, Revolutionary, pioneer and more modern times. Many familiar and some less well-known figures appear.”
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1926

American Masters of Painting, being Brief Appreciations of some American Painters

Caffin, Charles Henry
1918 Dewey Dec. Biography

Contents: George Inness, John La Farge, James A. McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Edwin A. Abbey, George Fuller, Homer D. Martin, George de Forest Brush, Alexander H. Wyant, Dwight W. Tryon, Horatio Walker, Gilbert Stuart.

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;
Gronau, Georg, Titian in Century Past Biographies: T, U & V

Painters, Sculptors, Architects, Engravers, and their Works; a Handbook

Clement, Clara Erskine
Houghton 1901 Dewey Dec. Biography

Intended as a portable handbook for travelers, all living artists were excluded, while “few were mentioned whose works do not come in the way of most travelers” such as artists of antiquity.

Famous Composers, Vol 1

Volume 2

Dole, Nathan Haskell
Crowell 1902 Dewey Dec. Biography

“Contents: Palestrina; Purcell; Bach, Handel; Gluck; Haydn; Mozart; Beethoven; Spohr; Weber; Meyerbeer; Rossini; Schubert; Berlioz; Glinka; Chopin; Mendelssohn; Schumann; Liszt; Wagner.”
– – 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;
Duncan, Edmondstoune, Schubert in Century Past Biographies: S;
Henderson, William James, Richard Wagner; His Life and his Dramas in Century Past Biographies: W, X, Y & Z;

The Queens of American Society

Ellet, Elizabeth Fries Lummis
Scribner 1867 Dewey Dec. Biography

The index contains nearly 300 names of women profiled or mentioned. It is largely organized geographically, with about one quarter of the book devoted to Washington, D.C. and the rest covering many of the bigger cities throughout the U.S.

The Women of the American Revolution, Vol 1

Volume 2

Ellet, Elizabeth Fries Lummis
Baker and Scribner 1848 Dewey Dec. Biography

Profiles of dozens of women throughout the 13 colonies during the revolutionary era.

Leading American Novelists (Biographies of Leading Americans series)

Erskine, John
Holt 1910 Dewey Dec. Biography

Contents: Charles Brockden Brown, James Fenimore Cooper, William Gilmore Simms, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Bret Harte.

Lives of the Fathers; Sketches of Church History in Biography, Vol 1

Volume 2

Farrar, Frederick W.
Macmillan 1889 Dewey Dec. Biography

Chapter headings are: 1. St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr, 2. St. Polycarp of Smyrna, Bishop and Martyr, 3. St. Irenaeus, 4. St. Justin the Martyr, 5. Tertullian, 6. St. Cyprian, 7. Clement of Alexandria, 8. Origen, 9. St. Athanasius, 10. St. Hilary of Poictiers, 11. St. Martin of Tours, 12. St. Gregory of Nazianzus

Nelson and his Captains: Sketches of Famous Seamen

Fitchett, William Henry
Scribner 1902 Dewey Dec. Biography

Contents: Nelson, a character study; The men of Nelson’s school; Sir Edward Berry; Captain Edward Riou; Sir Henry Blackwood; Sir Thomas Troubridge; Sir Benjamin Hallowell (Carew); Sir Alexander Ball; Sir James Saumarez; Sir William Parker; Sir Edward Pellew (Lord Exmouth); Sir Thomas Foley; Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Black Leaders of the Twentieth Century

Franklin, John Hope
University of Illinois 1982 Dewey Dec. 973.91

Biographical studies of fifteen twentieth-century black leaders.

Pirates

Fraser, C. L.
McBride 1922 Dewey Dec. Biography

Chapter headings are: – The Life of Captain Avery, – Captain John Rackham, and his Crew, – Captain Spriggs, and his Crew, – Captain Edward Lowe, and his Crew, – Captain George Lowther, and his Crew, – Captain Anstis, and his Crew, – Captain John Phillips, and his Crew, – Captain Teach, alias Blackbeard, – Major Stede Bonnet, and his Crew, – Captain William Kid, – Captain Edward England, and his Crew, – Captain John Gow, alias Smith, and his Crew

“Biographical sketches of twelve famous pirates, largely reprinted from the fifth edition of The History and Lives of all the most Notorious Pirates and their Crews, printed in 1735. Delightfully illustrated.”
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1926

Sea Fighters from Drake to Farragut

Frothingham, Jessie Peabody
Scribner 1902 Dewey Dec. Biography

Naval figures profiled are:

Sir Francis Drake, 1544-1596
Admiral Martin Harpertzoon Tromp, 1597-1653
Admiral Michael Adriaanszoon de Ruyter, 1607-1676
Marshal Anne-Hilarion de Tourville, 1642-1701
Vice-Admiral de Suffren Saint-Tropez, 1726-1788
Vice-Admiral Paul Jones, 1747-1792
Viscount, Lord Horatio Nelson, 1758-1805
Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, 1801-1870

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