Biography & Autobiography

Mendelssohn And Certain Masterworks

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Herbert Francis Peyser


In the compass of the present pamphlet it is impossible to give more than a cursory survey of Mendelssohn’s happy but extraordinarily crowde…

Robert Schumann, Tone Poet Prophet And Critic

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Herbert Francis Peyser


[This is] the sketchiest outline of Robert Schumann’s short life but amazingly rich achievement. Together with Haydn and Schubert he was, pe…

The Life of Rev. Henry Martyn

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John Hall


Henry Martyn (1781-1812), a brilliant and ambitious young student in Cambridge, England, was led by God to be a missionary to India and Pers…

Margaret Sanger; an autobiography

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Margaret Sanger


Margaret Sanger, an advocate for birth control rights, chronicles the story of her struggles, including her times in jail and in exile, in o…

Henry II

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Louis Francis Salzman


Born in 1133, King Henry II of England reigned from 1154 until his death in 1189. Before he was forty, he controlled England, large parts of…

William the Conqueror

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Edward Freeman


A brief history of the rise and reign of Duke William of Normandy, King of England. Also known as William the Bastard, and William the Great…

The Precipice

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Elia Wilkinson Peattie


Elia Peattie was an outspoken journalist and social activist who gave her attention to such areas as orphanages, charity hospitals, the Woun…

Little Journeys to the Homes of American Statesmen

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Elbert Hubbard


Elbert Hubbard describes the homes of authors, poets, social reformers and other prestigious people, reflecting on how their surroundings ma…

The Real Oscar Wilde

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Robert Sherard


The Real Oscar Wilde is the third book about the Irish poet and playwright by his earliest and most prolific biographer. Since writing his e…

Horace Walpole's Letters: a selection

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Horace Walpole


Horace Walpole, 4th earl of Orford, was a cultivated participant in, and observer of, the social and political life of Georgian England. His…

English Men of Science: Their Nature and Nurture

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Sir Francis Galton


The results of a survey undertaken by Galton to learn more about individual differences and similarities between the "pre-eminent"…

Life of John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough

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Louise Creighton


John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722), was the oldest surviving son of Sir Winston Churchill, an impoverished country gentlema…

Twelve Types

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G. K. Chesterton


Short biographical essays of twelve persons central to European culture. - Summary by KevinS

Lucretia Borgia

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Ferdinand Gregorovius


According to Original Documents and Correspondence of Her Day. Lucretia Borgia is the most unfortunate woman in modern history. Is this beca…

Prince Henry the Navigator, the Hero of Portugal and of Modern Discovery

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Charles Raymond Beazley


Prince Henry was a significant explorer and adventurer in a period of enlightenment and expansion of European trade and knowledge of the wor…

Summer Days in Shakespeare Land

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Charles George Harper


"Some delights of the ancient town of Stratford-upon-Avon and the country round about, together with a sketch of the life of Mr. Willia…

The Life of Clara Barton - Volume 1

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William E. Barton


Clarissa Harlowe Barton (December 25, 1821 – April 12, 1912) was a pioneering American nurse who founded the American Red Cross. She was a h…

Chronicles of Canada Volume 29 - The Day of Sir John Macdonald: A Chronicle of …

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Sir Joseph Pope


A biography of Sir John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada. It was written by the man who served as Macdonald's private secret…

Little Masterpieces of Autobiography: Actors

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George Iles


The playwright gives a play its plot, characters, dialog and form, but its sense of living reality is conveyed by the art of the actor. This…

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