Books and Reading in the Lives of Notable Americans: A Biographical Sourcebook

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000 - 267 páginas

Books and reading have contributed to the success of generations of Americans, many of whom have had distinguished careers and have left their mark on history. While the accomplishments of these notable Americans are well known, their adventures with books and reading are less familiar. Some have struggled to gain access to books, while others were fortunate enough to be exposed to literature at an early age. This reference surveys the role books and reading have played in the lives of notable Americans from colonial times to the present.

Included are alphabetically arranged entries for 50 notable Americans from a range of historical periods, professions, and racial and ethnic backgrounds. Many are featured prominently in school and college texts, while others are a significant part of popular culture. Such diverse figures as Benjamin Franklin, Helen Keller, Willa Cather, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mark Twain, Oprah Winfrey, and Ronald Reagan are covered. Each entry includes a discussion of books and reading in the person's life, a chronology, and a brief bibliography.

 

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Kareem AbdulJabbar
1
Jane Addams
6
Arthur Ashe Jr
12
James Baldwin
17
Clara Barton
23
Humphrey Bogart
28
Andrew Carnegie
31
Rachel Carson
31
Stephen King
136
Robert E Lee
140
Douglas MacArthur
145
Madonna
151
Horace Mann
156
Marilyn Monroe
161
Martina Navratilova
167
Georgia OKeeffe
171

Willa Cather
36
Cesar Chavez
42
Shirley Chisholm
47
Sandra Cisneros
52
Eugene V Debs
57
Cecil B DeMille
63
Frederick Douglass
67
Bob Dylan
72
Thomas A Edison
77
Albert Einstein
82
Benjamin Franklin
87
Bill Gates
93
Robert Goddard
97
Helen Hayes
101
Zora Neale Hurston
106
Thomas Jefferson
112
Helen Keller
117
John F Kennedy
124
Martin Luther King Jr
130
Frances Perkins
176
Jeannette Rankin
181
Ronald Reagan
186
Eleanor Roosevelt
191
Beverly Sills
196
Steven Spielberg
201
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
206
Harriet Beecher Stowe
214
Harry S Truman
219
Gene Tunney
226
Mark Twain
231
John Wanamaker
236
George Washington
240
Emma Willard
244
Oprah Winfrey
249
Selected Bibliography
255
Index
257
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JOHN A. MCCROSSAN is Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida School of Library and Information Science. He previously worked as a reference librarian, library director, classroom teacher, and State Librarian of Vermont. He has taught at the University of Michigan and Kent State University, and his many articles have appeared in such journals as RQ, Library Journal, American Libraries, Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, and Advances in Librarianship. An authority on reference services, he has served as president of the Reference and Adult Services Division of the American Library Association and remains active in the field.

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