Biography & Autobiography

The Life of St. Teresa

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St. Teresa of Avila


Saint Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, baptized as Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada, (March 28, 1515, at …

The Meditations of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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Marcus Aurelius


The Meditations is divided into 12 books that chronicle different periods of Marcus' life. Each book is not in chronological order and it wa…

Autobiography of a Seaman, Vol. 1

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Lord Thomas Cochrane


This two volume work is the autobiography of Lord Cochrane, a naval captain of the Napoleonic period. His adventures are seminal to the deve…

Chapters from my Autobiography

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Mark Twain


Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) began writing his autobiography long before the 1906 publications of these Chapters from my Autobiography. He or…

By Ox Team to California - A Narrative of Crossing the Plains in 1860

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Lavinia Honeyman Porter


Imagine a young, twenty-something woman in 1860, reared “in the indolent life of the ordinary Southern girl” (which means she has never lear…

The Letters of a Post-Impressionist

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Vincent Van Gogh


“Being the Familiar Correspondence of Vincent Van Gogh ... [Van Gogh's] art was appreciated during his life only by a very few and it is but…

Caspar Hauser oder die Trägheit des Herzens

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Jakob Wassermann


Ein Roman über den berühmten Findling Kaspar Hauser (angeblich: 30.4.1812 - 17. 12. 1833 in Ansbach) wurde in der Biedermeierzeit …

The Lives of the Twelve Caesars

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Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus


The Twelve Caesars is a set of twelve biographies of Julius Caesar and the first 11 emperors of the Roman Empire. The work was written in 12…

The Autobiography of Charles Darwin

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Charles Darwin


The Autobiography of Charles Darwin is the autobiography of the British naturalist Charles Darwin which was published in 1887, five years af…

Orlando


Virginia Woolf


A fictional biography following the adventures of Orlando: initially a gentleman, later a lady — always a poet — who romps through British h…

A Voyage Towards the South Pole and Round the World

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James Cook


Having, on his first voyage, discovered Australia, Cook still had to contend with those who maintained that the Terra Australians Incognita …

The Escaping Club

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A. J. Evans


Described by some as one of the greatest escape books published. The Escaping Club recounts Evans' escape to Switzerland from a supposedly &…

Stories of Great Composers for Children

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Thomas Tapper


This is a collection of ten short, entertaining, informative picture-book biographies of famous composers. Each book tells about the childho…

Saint Francis of Assisi: A Biography

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Johannes Jorgensen


Born to a prosperous cloth merchant of Assisi, Francis (1182-1226) lived the typically high-spirited life of a wealthy young man of his day,…

The Atrocities of the Pirates

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Aaron Smith


In 1822, Aaron Smith, a young English seaman, was taken captive by Cuban pirates when his ship was boarded en route from Jamaica to England.…

Narrative of My Captivity Among the Sioux Indians

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Fanny Kelly


"Narrative of my captivity among the Sioux Indians: with a brief account of General Sully's Indian expedition in 1864, bearing upon eve…

Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans Vol. 1

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Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus


Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans is a series of biographies of famous men, arranged in tandem to illuminate their common moral …

Peter the Great

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Jacob Abbott


There are very few persons who have not heard of the fame of Peter the Great, the founder, as he is generally regarded by mankind, of Russia…

Famous Men of Rome

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John Henry Haaren


Biographical sketches of the men of Rome, written for children. (Summary by Laura Caldwell)

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

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Olaudah Equiano


The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, written in 1789, is the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano. It discusses his time sp…

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