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Greely, Adolphus Washington
Scribner 1904 Dewey Dec. Biography
Chapter headings are: 1. Louis Joliet, Re-discoverer of the Mississippi, 2. Peter Le Moyne, Sieur D’Iberville, Founder of Louisiana, 3. Jonathan Carver, the Explorer of Minnesota, 4. Captain Robert Gray, the Discoverer of the Columbia River, 5. Captain Meriwether Lewis and Lieut. William Clark, First Trans-Continental Explorers of the United States, 6. Zebulon Montgomery Pike, Explorer of the Sources of the Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers, 7. Charles Wilkes, the Discoverer of the Antarctic Continent, 8. John Charles Fremont, the Pathfinder, 9. Elisha Kent Kane, Arctic Explorer, 10. Isaac Israel Hayes, and the Open Polar Sea, 11. Charles Francis Hall, and the North Pole, 12. George Washington De Long, and the Siberian Arctic Ocean, 13. Paul Belloni Du Chaillu, Discoverer of the Dwarfs and Gorillas, 14. Stanley Africanus and the Congo Free State
Hadow, W. H.
Macmillan 1898-1902 Dewey Dec. Biography
Section headings for the first volume: – Music and Musical Criticism: A Discourse on Method, – Hector Berlioz and the French Romantic Movement, – Robert Schumann and the Romantic Movement in Germany, – Richard Wagner and the Reform of the Opera
Section headings for the second volume: – Outlines of Musical Form, – Frederic Chopin, – Antonin Dvorak, – Johannes Brahms <
Halsey, Francis Whiting, ed.
NY: James Pott 1903 Dewey Dec. Biography
Chapter headings: Introduction: The Pecuniary Rewards of our Older Authors, 1. Marion Harland in Pompton, New Jersey, 2. Bertha Runkle in New York, 3. Agnes Repplier in Philadelphia, 4. Margaret Deland in Boston, 5. Lucas Malet in London, 6. Frances Hodgson Burnett in England, 7. Kate Douglas Wiggin in New York, 8. Mary Johnston in Birmingham, Alabama, 9. John Oliver Hobbes in London, 10. Amelia E. Barr in Cornwall-on-the-Hudson, 11. Louise Chandler Moulton in Boston, 12. Mrs. Humphry Ward in London, 13. Mrs. Sherwood in Delhi and in New York, 14. Blanche Willis Howard in Munich, 15. Harriet Prescott Spofford in Deer Island, Massachusetts, 16. A.D.T. Whitney in Milton Lower Mills, Massachusetts, 17. Margaret E. Sangster in Brooklyn, 18. Ruth McEnery Stuart in New York City, 19. Mary E. Wilkins in Randolph, Massachusetts, 20. Julia Ward Howe in Boston and Newport, 21. Jeannette L. Gilder in New York, 22. Edith Wharton in New York, 23. Gertrude Atherton in New York, 14. Mary Mapes Dodge in New York, 25. Rebecca Harding Davis in Philadelphia, 26. Edith M. Thomas in New Brighton, 27. Elizabeth Stuart Phelps in Gloucester, Mass.
There are a number of photos of authors and/or their homes.
Harkins, E. F. and C. H. L. Johnston
Boston: L. C. Page 1902 Dewey Dec. Biography
“The purpose of this book is to renew an intimate acquaintance with the women whom the American reading public regards as favorites, and to establish a like intimate acquaintance with the promising newcomers.” – from the Preface. Illustrations of nearly all the authors are included.
Authors profiled are: Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Sarah Orne Jewett, Mrs. Burton Harrison, Charles Egbert Craddock, Anna Katharine Green, Molly Elliot Seawell, Amelia E. Barr, Mary E. Wilkins, Octave Thanet, Marshall Saunders, Kate Douglas Wiggin, Gertrude Atherton, John Oliver Hobbes, Lilian Bell, Ruth McEnery Stuart, Anna Farquhar, Pauline Bradford Mackie, Mary Johnston, Ella Anderson G. Glasgow, Bertha Runkle
Headley, Joel Tyler
Baker and Scribner 1847 Dewey Dec. Biography
“Contents: Vol 1 – Washington; Putnam; Montgomery; Arnold; Stark; Schuyler; Gates; Steuben; Wayne; Conway and Mifflin; Ward and Heath. Vol 2 – Greene; Moultrie; Knox; Lincoln; Lee; Clinton; Sullivan; St. Clair; Marion; Stirling; Lafayette; De Kalb; Thomas and McDougall; Wooster, Howe and Parsons; Commodore Paul Jones; The brigadier generals; Morgan.”
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1926
Hubert, Philip G. Jr.
Scribner 1896 Dewey Dec. Biography
Chapter headings are: 1. Benjamin Franklin, 2. Robert Fulton, 3. Eli Whitney, 4. Elias Howe, 5. Samuel F. B. Morse, 6. Charles Goodyear, 7. John Ericsson, 8. Cyrus Hall McCormick, 9. Thomas A. Edison, 10. Alexander Graham Bell, 11. American Inventors, Past and Present. James M. Townsend, E. L. Drake, Alvan Clark, John Fitch, Oliver Evans, Amos Whittemore, Thomas Blanchard, Richard M. Hoe, Thomas W. Harvey, C. L. Sholes, B. B. Hotchkiss, Charles F. Brush, Rudolph Eickemeyer, George Westinghouse, Jr.
Lothrop 1887 Dewey Dec. Biography
Profiled are: 1. Alden, Isabella M., 2. Bonheur, Rosa, 3. Cary, Alice and Phoebe, 4. Dix, Dorothea Lynde, 5. Esther, 6. Fiske, Fidelia, 7. Gage, Mrs. Frances Dana, 8. Hoge, Mrs. A. H., 9. Isabella I., 10. Joan of Arc, 11. Kaufman, Maria Anna Angelina, 12. Lyon, Mary, 13. Mitford, Mary Russell, 14. Newell, Harriet Atwood, 15. Ossoli (Margaret Fuller), 16. Prentiss, Elizabeth, 17. Ross, Anna Maria, 18. Smith, Mrs. Hannah Whitall, 19. Thompson, Mrs. E. J., 20. Victoria, 21. Willard, Frances E., 22. Youmans, Mrs. Letitia
Atlantic Monthly 1920 Dewey Dec. Biography
“Clear and inspiring accounts of what some great men gave to and received from their adopted country. Includes Stephen Girard, John Ericsson, Louis Agassiz, Carl Schurz, Theodore Thomas, Andrew Carnegie, James J. Hill, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and Jacob Riis.”
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1926
“The book is highly appropriate as a high-school reader or reference book.”
– The Book Review Digest
Holt 1912 Dewey Dec. Biography
“Sketches of the lives of John and Robert Livingston Stevens, Robert Fulton, Eli Whitney, Thomas Blanchard, Samuel Morse. Charles Goodyear, John Ericsson, Cyrus Hall McCormick. Christopher Latham Sholes, Elias Howe, Benjamin Chew Tilghman, and Ottmar Mergenthaler, with interesting and clear descriptions of their inventions.”
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1926
Johnston, Robert M.
Holt 1907 Dewey Dec. Biography
Contents: George Washington, Nathaniel Greene, Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, Winfield Scott, Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, Philip H. Sheridan, George B. McClellan, George Gordon Meade, Robert Edward Lee, Thomas Jonathan Jackson, Joseph Eggleston Johnston.
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;
– Bradford, Gamaliel, Confederate portraits in Century Past Collective Biography A – F;
– Bradford, Gamaliel, Union portraits in Century Past Collective Biography A – F
Jordan, David Starr, ed.
Holt 1910 Dewey Dec. Biography
Contents: Benjamin Thompson, Physicist; Alexander Wilson, Ornithologist; John James Audubon, Ornithologist; Benjamin Silliman, Chemist; Joseph Henry, Physicist; Louis Agassiz, Zoologist; Jeffries Wyman, Anatomist; Asa Gray, Botanist; James Dwight Dana, Geologist; Spencer Fullerton Baird, Geologist; Othniel Charles Marsh, Paleontologist; Edward Drinker Cope, Paleontologist; Josiah Willard Gibbs, Physicist; Simon Newcomb, Astronomer; George Brown Goode, Zoologist; Henry Augustus Rowland, Physicist; William Keith Brooks, Zoologist.
La Farge, John
McClure 1903 Dewey Dec. Biography
Contents: Michelangelo: Raphael; Rembrandt; Rubens; Velasquez; Durer; Hokusai.
Each number devoted to a single artist, with reproductions of 10 masterpieces, portrait of artist, short biographic sketch, some criticism, descriptive list of paintings, and bibliography of books and magazine articles dealing with his works.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904
Lanker, Brian and Summers, Barbara
Stewart, Tabori & Chang 1989 Dewey Dec. 305.4
A doubled-paged format of photographs, brief biographical information, and first-person accounts of women from all walks of life.
Contents: Rosa Parks — Janet Collins — Eva Jessye — Bertha Knox Gilkey — Alice Walker — Cicely Tyson — Katherine Dunham — Barbara Jordan — Toni Morrison — Althea T.L. Simmons — Maxine Waters — Johnnetta Betsch Cole — Norma Merrick Sklarek — Gwendolyn Brooks — Leontyne Price — Althea Gibson — Ernestine Anderson — Unita Blackwell — Jewel Plummer Cobb — Clara McBride Hale — Ellen Stewart — Beah Richards — Carrie Saxon Perry — Charlayne Hunter-Gault — Constance Baker Motley — Oprah Winfrey — Sonia Sanchez — Georgia Montgomery Davis Powers — Daisy Bates — Marva Nettles Collins — Lena Horne — Willie Mae Ford Smith — Coretta Scott King — Jewell Jackson McCabe — Mary Frances Berry — Ruby Middleton Forsythe — Jean Blackwell Hutson — Anna Arnold Hedgeman. Johnnie Tillmon — Myrlie Evers — Faye Wattleton — Angela Yvonne Davis — Betty Shabazz — Queen Mother Audley Moore — Harriet Elizabeth Byrd — Shirley Chisholm — Wyomia Tyus — Ruby Dee — Leontine T.C. Kelly — Margaret Walker Alexander — Rachel Robinson — Gloria Dean Randle Scott — Marian Wright Edelman — Elizaeth Catlett — Jackie Torrence — Autherine Lucy — Alexa Canady — Yvonne Brathwaite Burke — Dorothy Irene Height — Sarah Vaughan — Josephine Riley Matthews — Niara Sudarkasa — Wilma Rudolph — Odetta — Cora Lee Johnson — Eleanor Holmes Norton — Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell — Sherian Grace Cadoria — Priscilla L. Williams — Leah Chase — Elizabeth Cotten — Marian Anderson — Winson and Dovie Hudson — Maya Angelou — Septima Poinsette Clark.
Pathfinders of the West; Being the Thrilling Story of the Adventures of the Men who Discovered the Great Northwest
Laut, Agnes Christina
Macmillan 1914 Dewey Dec. Biography
Part One – Pierre Esprit Radisson: 1. Radisson’s First Voyage, 2. Radisson’s Second Voyage, 3. Radisson’s Third Voyage, 4. Radisson’s Fourth Voyage, 5. Radisson Renouces Allegiance to Two Crowns, 6. Radisson Gives Up a Career in the Navy for the Fur Trade, 7. The Last Voyage of Radisson to Hudson Bay
Part Two – The Search for the Western Sea, Being an Account of the Discovery of the Rocky Mountains, the Missouri Uplands, and the Valley of the Saskatchewan: 8. The Search for the Western Sea
Part Three – Search for the Northwest Passage Leads Samuel Hearne to the Arctic Circle and Athabasca Region: 9. Samuel Hearne
Part Four – First Across the Rockies; how Mackenzie crossed the Northern Rockies and Lewis and Clark were First to cross from Missouri to Columbia: 10. First Across the Rockies, 11. Lewis and Clark
Maitland, John Alexander Fuller
Scribner 1894 Dewey Dec. Biography
Chapter headings are: – Johannes Brahms, – Max Bruch, – Karl Goldmark, – Josef Rheinberger, – Theodor Kirchner, Carl Reinecke, Woldemar Bargiel, – Joseph Joachim, Clara Schumann, – Heinrich von Herzogenberg, Heinrich Hofmann, Anton Bruckner, Felix Draeseke, – Jean Louis Nicode, Richard Strauss, Hans Sommer, Cyrill Kistler
Mason, Daniel Gregory
Macmillan 1902 Dewey Dec. Biography
Chapter headings are: 1. Introduction: The Appreciation of Music, 2. Edvard Grieg, 3. Antonin Dvorak, 4. Camille Saint-Saens, 5. Cesar Franck, 6. Peter Ilyitch Tschaikowsky, 7. Johannes Brahms, 8. Epilogue: The Meaning of Music
Masson, Thomas Lansing
Dodd 1922 Dewey Dec. Biography
“Informal articles on the leading American humorists, made up of personal recollections, brief autobiographical contributions, and samples of their humor. Deals more briefly with the columnists, comic poets and artists, and writers of humorous stories.”
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1926
Contents: George Ade, Franklin P. Adams, John Kendrick Bangs, Robert C. Benchley, Gelett Burgess, Ellis Parker Butler, Irvin Cobb, Homer Croy, Finley Peter Dunne, Arthur Folwell, Simeon Ford, S. B. Gillilan, Montague Glass, Beatrice Herford, Oliver Herford, Kin Hubbard, Wallace Irwin, Burges Johnson, Philander C. Johnson, Ring Lardner, Stephen Leacock, C. B. Lewis, Roy L. McCardell, Don Marquis, Christopher Morley, Dorothy Parker, Henry Shute, Edward Streeter, E. W. Townsend, J. A. Waldron, Harry Leon Wilson, Carolyn Wells, U. S. Anonymous.
Dutton 1903 Dewey Dec. Biography
Chapter headings are: 1. The Precursors of Impressionism, 2. The Theory of the Impressionists, 3. Edouard Manet: His Work, His Influence, 4. Edgar Degas: His Work, His Influence, 5. Claude Monet: His Work, His Influence, 6. Auguste Renoir: His Work, His Influence, 7. Pissarro, Sisley, Caillebotte, Cezanne, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt; the Secondary Artists, of Impressionism, Jongkind, Boudin, 8. The Modern Illustrators connected with Impressionism: Raffaelli, Toulouse Lautrec, Forain,, Cheret, etc., 9. Neo-Impressionism: Gauguin, Denis, Theo van Rysselberghe, the Theory of Pointillism – Seurat, Signac and the Theories of Scientific Chromatism. Faults and Qualities of the Impressionist Movement, what we owe to it, its place in the history of the French School. Some Words on its Influence Abroad
Discusses theory of impressionism, with critical estimates of work of Manet, Degas, Claude Monet, Renoir and briefer mention of many other impressionists and neo-impressionists. 60 half tones.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904
Macmillan 1903 Dewey Dec. Biography
Chapter headings are: 1. Arthur James Balfour, 2. Lord Salisbury, 2. Lord Rosebery, 4. Joseph Chamberlain, 5. Henry Labouchere, 6. John Morley, 7. Lord Aberdeen, 8. John Burns, 9. Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, 10. John E. Redmond, 11. Sir William Harcourt, 12. James Bryce, 13. Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
Harper 1903 Dewey Dec. Biography
Chapter headings are: 1. The Early Sixties, 2. Charles Dickens, 3. W. M. Thackeray, 4. Thomas Carlyle – Alfred Tennyson, 5. Richard Owen – The Brothers Newman, 6. Richard Cobden, 7. John Bright, 8. Sir Stafford Northcote, 9. A Parliamentary Group, 10. Another Parliamentary Group, 11. From Commons to Lords, 12. “Crownless Sovereignties”, 13. Sir Richard and Lady Burton, 14. Two Philanthropists, 15. Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites, 16. John Arthur Roebuck, 17. Italy’s English Sympathizers, 18. Stars that Rose in the Sixties, 19. Lord Clarence Paget – Thorold Rogers, 20. Goldwin Smith, 21. The Keeleys, Robson, and Webster, 22. The Bancrofts, 23. Three Queens of Song [Teresa Titiens, Adelina Patti, Christine Nilsson], 24. Three Stage Graces [Lydia Thompson, Adah Isaacs Menken, Nellie Farren], 25. Some Queens of Society [Lady Palmerston, Frances Countess Waldegrave, Mrs. George Cavendish Bentinck], 26. Last Words
Metcalf, Frank Johnson
Abingdon 1925 Dewey Dec. Biography
“Brief biographical sketches of American tune composers, from 1689 to 1903. Gives some evaluation of their works. One section is devoted to camp meeting music and the revivalist group.”
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1926
Lippincott 1919 Dewey Dec. Biography
Chapter headings are: Roger Williams, the Pioneer of Religious Liberty, John Eliot, the Apostle to the Indians, William Penn, the Friend of the Red Men, James Oglethorpe and the Debtors’ Refuge, Benjamin Franklin, the Father of the American Union, Patrick Henry, the Orator of the Revolution, Samuel Adams, the Pioneer of American Liberty, Thomas Jefferson, the Author of the Declaration of Independence, Robert Morris, the Financier of the Revolution, Alexander Hamilton, the Architect of American Finance, John Adams, the Leader of the Boston Patriots, Eli Whitney, America’s First Great Inventor, Robert Fulton, the Inventor of the Steamboat, John Jacob Astor, the Monarch of the Fur Industry, Stephen Girard, the Friend of the Orphan, John Marshall, the Expounder of the Constitution, Henry Clay, the Great Advocate of Compromise, Daniel Webster, the Giant of the American Senate, John C. Calhoun, the Champion of Southern Institutions, Samuel F. B. Morse, the Discoverer of Electric Telegraphy, Cyrus W. Field, the Designer of the Atlantic Cable, Elias Howe, the Inventor of the Sewing Machine, Cyrus H. McCormick, the Developer of the Reaping Machine, Charles Goodyear, the Prince of the Rubber Industry, DeWitt Clinton, the Father of the Erie Canal, Horace Wells and the Discoverers of Anesthesia, William Lloyd Garrison, the Great Emancipator, Wendell Phillips, the Silver-Tongued Orator of Reform, Charles Sumner, the Champion of Political Honor, Lucretia Mott, the Quakeress Advocate of Reform, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the Women’s Rights Pioneer, Susan B. Anthony, the Old Guard of Women Suffrage, Dorothea Dix, the Savior of the Insane, George Peabody, the Banker Philanthropist, Peter Cooper, the Benefactor of the Uneducated, Abraham Lincoln, the Emancipator of the Slave, William H. Seward, the War-time Secretary of State, James G. Blaine, the Plumed Knight of Republicanism, Horace Greeley, the Premier of American Editors, John Ericsson, the Inventor of the Monitor, Thomas A. Edison, the Wizard of Invention, Frances E. Willard, the Woman’s Temperance Leader, Clara Barton, the Red Cross Evangel of Mercy, Andrew Carnegie, the Apostle of the Gospel of Wealth, Booker T. Washington, the Pioneer of Negro Progress, Theodore Roosevelt as America’s All-around Man and Champion
“A series of brief, popular sketches of men and women prominent in American history because of their activities in various fields which contributed to the building up of the nation. “
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1926
Olds, Elizabeth Fagg
Houghton Mifflin 1985 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Biographies of four of America’s first women explorers: Annie S. Peek, Delia J. Akeley, Marguerite Harrison and Louise A. Boyd. Louise Boyd made numerous trips through the Arctic, including Spitzbergen, Franz Josef Land and the fiords of east Greenland. Marguerite Harrison made trips across Siberia.
Oliphant, Mrs M. O.
Macmillan 1897 Dewey Dec. Biography
Studies of Dante, Arnolfo, Giotto, Ohiberti, Donatello, Brunelleschi, Agnolo, Fra Angelleo, Antonino, Savonarola, Fra Bartolommeo, Michael Angelo.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904
Overton, Grant M.
Moffat, Yard 1919 Dewey Dec. Biography
A chapter on each of the following:
Edith Wharton, Alice Brown, Ellen Glasgow, Gertrude Atherton, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Kathleen Norris, Margaret Deland, Gene Stratton-Porter, Eleanor H. Porter, Kate Douglas Wiggin, Mary Johnston, Corra Harris, Mary Austin, Mary Watts, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Anna Katharine Green, Helen R. Martin, Sophie Kerr, Marjorie Benton Cooke, Grace S. Richmond, Willa Sibert Cather, Clara Louise Burnham, Demetra Vaka, Edna Ferber, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Amelia E. Barr, Alice Hegan Rice, Alice Duer Miller, Eleanor Hallowell Abbott, Harriet T. Comstock, Honore Willsie, Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Parkman, Mary Rosetta
Century 1917 Dewey Dec. Biography
“The author has written sketches of the lives of eleven women: Mary Lyon; Alice Freeman Palmer; Clara Barton; Frances E. Willard; Julia Ward Howe; Anna Howard Shaw; Mary Antin; Alice C. Fletcher; Mary Slessor; Marie Sklodowska Curie, Jane Addams. Writing of the work of these women, she says. “The service of the true woman is always ‘womanly.’ She gives something of the fostering care of the mother, whether it be as nurse, like Clara Barton; as teacher, like Mary Lyon and Alice Freeman Palmer; or as social helper, like Jane Addams. So it is that the service of these “heroines’ is that which only women could have given to the world.” Each sketch is accompanied by a portrait and there are other illustrations.”
– The Book Review Digest
For works about leading American women of the 19th century, see:
– Adams, Elmer Cleveland and Foster, Warren Dunham, Heroines of modern progress in Century Past Collective Biography A – F;
– Worthington & Co. , Our Famous Women in Century Past Collective Biography Q – Z
Payne, William Morton
Holt 1910 Dewey Dec. Biography
Contents: Washington Irving; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Henry David Thoreau; George William Curtis.
Pepper, Mary Sifton
Toronto: Morang 1902 Dewey Dec. Biography
Chapter headings are:
First Period: Pioneer Women of Acadia: 1. Marguerite de Roberval, the Heroine of the Isle of Demons, 2. The Marchioness de Guercheville, First Patroness of American Missions, 3. The Lady de la Tour, a Fair Chatelaine of Acadia
Second Period: Pioneer Women of Quebec: 1. Dame Hebert, 2. Madame de Champlian, the First Lady of Canada, 3. Madame de la Peltrie, Foundress of the First Girls’ School in Canada, 4. Mother Marie Guyard of the Incarnation, 5. Some Dainty Nurses of Long Ago
Third Period: Maids of Montreal: 1. The Founding of Montreal, 2. The Work of Jeanne Mance and Marguerite Bourgeois, 3. Judith de Bresoles and her Companions, 4. Jeanne le Ber, the Recluse of Montreal, 5. Madeleine de Vercheres, the Heroine of Castle Dangerous
Fourth Period: Advent of the Carignan Regiment: 1. Coming of the King’s Girls, or Marriages and Social Life in New France, 2. Women in the First Siege of Quebec, 3. The Two Pompadours, or Women in the Downfall of New France