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John Brown

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W. E. B. Du Bois


This is a moving and deeply felt biography of abolitionist John Brown, which defends its subject against the popular notion of him as a delu…

Benjamin Franklin

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Robin Mckown


This biography of Franklin was written for young people, but can be enjoyed by anyone. The author Robin McKown, is known for her young adul…

The ABC of Relativity

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Bertrand Russell


The ABC of Relativity clearly and engagingly explains Einstein's Theory of Relativity to the layperson. It is considered to be a significant…

Abigail Adams and Her Times

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Laura E. Howe Richards


This is a young person's biography of Abigail Adams that will appeal to readers of all ages. In the author's own words, "I am not writi…

The Wright Brothers

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Fred Kelly


This is a biography of the Wright Brothers as told by the American humorist and newspaperman Fred Kelly, a personal friend of the Wrights. I…

The Home Life of Poe

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Susan Archer Weiss


The author of this biography of Poe, Susan Weiss, describes her work as follows: "I have not treated Poe in his character of poet or a…

The Life of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 1

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Ida M. Tarbell


Volume 1 of Ida Tarbell's biography of Lincoln covers his life from his boyhood to his election to the presidency in 1860. Tarbell, in addit…

Builders of United Italy

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Rupert S. Holland


Holland 's provides us with an engaging history of the Unification ("Risorgimento") of Italy by exploring the lives of some of i…

Elsie Inglis - The Woman With the Torch

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Eva Shaw McLaren and Eva Shaw Mclaren


This is a brief biography of the Scottish physician and suffragist Dr. Elsie Inglis. Dr. Inglis founded a maternity hospital for the poor…

Giacomo Puccini

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Wakeling Dry


This biography of Puccini was written while the composer was at the height of his career. Besides the usual biographical information, the au…

Margaret Fuller (Marchesa Ossoli)

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Julia Ward Howe


A biography of the early feminist writer Margaret Fuller, a groundbreaking journalist and author of Woman in the Nineteenth Century, and one…

All in the Day's Work

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Ida M. Tarbell


In this autobiography, written when the author was 82 years old, Ida Tarbell looks back at her life and remarkable career as an investigativ…

The Life of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 2

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Ida M. Tarbell


Volume 2 of Ida Tarbell's biography of Lincoln begins at chapter 22 with Lincoln's first inauguration, and ends with an account of his funer…

A Book of Sibyls: Mrs. Barbauld, Miss Edgeworth, Mrs. Opie, Miss Austen

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Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie


This book is a biography of four woman authors whose names were well known by readers at the time of its publication (1883) : Anna Barbaud, …

Essays in Idleness

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Agnes Repplier


Agnes Repplier was a popular and highly regarded essayist of the late 19th and early 20th century, who was also well known on the lecture ci…

Frederick Douglass

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Booker T. Washington


An account of the life of Frederick Douglass, who escaped slavery to become one of the most important and influential abolitionists, authors…

Dr. Elsie Inglis

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Frances Balfour


Dr. Elsie Inglis is one of the unsung heroes of the late 19th and early 20th century. She became a physician in 1894, and shortly after ope…

Memories of the Civil War

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Henry B. James


Henry B James enlisted in the Union Army at the age of 20, and fought in many of the key battles of the Civil War. Thirty years later, he wr…

The Jeffersonians, 1801-1829

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Richard B. Morris


In this short (58 page) work, Morris and Woodress present a selection of fascinating source materials to survey key events which occurred du…

Daughter of the Sky: The Story of Amelia Earhart

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Paul L. Briand, Jr.


This is an engaging biography of the renowned aviator. In his introduction, Briand says, " Amelia Earhart was one of America’s great he…

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