How Biographers Ignore the Influence of Mothers in the Lives of Great Men: The Patriarchal Suppression of the Role of Women in World History (85 Case Studies)

This work examines eighty-five biographies of great men to determine the extent to which the biographers, who recorded their lives, considered or failed to consider the influence of the subjects’ mothers to their contributions to history, literature, the arts, and sciences.

Table of Contents

1. A Note on Purpose, Selection, and Arrangement
2. Introduction: Samuel Johnson, “Biographer” and subject Of Biographers
-Samuel Johnson, Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, to The Works of the English Poets (London, 1779);
The Lives of the English Poets; and a Criticism of Their Works (Dublin, 1779)
-Sir John Hawkins, The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1787)
-James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1791)
-Thomas Babington Macaulay, “Life of Samuel Johnson” (1856)
-Joseph Wood Krutch, Samuel Johnson (1944)
-Charles Norman, Mr. Oddity: Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1951)
-Mary Alden Hopkins, Dr. Johnson’s Lichfield (1952)
-James Lowry Clifford, Young Sam Johnson(1961)
-Paul Fussell, Samuel Johnson and the Life of Writing (1971)
-John Wain, Samuel Johnson (1975)
-Walter Jackson Bate, Samuel Johnson (1977)
-James Lowry Clifford, Dictionary Johnson: Samuel Johnson’s Middle Years (1979)
3. The Biographer’s Views of the Dyad: To See or Not To See
-Sir Walter Scott, The Life of John Dryden (1808)
-John Gibson Lockhart,Life of Robert Burns (1828)
-Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, Life of Thomas Arnold, D.D.(1844)
-Edwin Paxton Hood, Isaac Watts: His Life and Hymns (1875)
-Woodrow Wilson, George Washington (1896)
-Elizabeth Robbins Pennell and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler (1908)
-Archibald Philip Primrose, Lord Rosebery, Lord Chatham: His early Life and Connections (1910)
-Sir Edward Tyas Cook, The Life of John Ruskin (1911)
-Wilbur L. Cross, The History of Henry Fielding (1918)
-Andre Maurois, Ariel: The life of Shelley (1923)
-William Dunseath Eaton, Harry C. Read, and Edmond McKenna, Woodrow Wilson: His Life and Work (1924)
-William Allen White, Woodrow Wilson: The Man, His Times, And His Task(1924)
-John Drinkwater, Pepys: His Life and Character(1930)
-Winston S. Churchill, Marlborough: His Life and Times (1933)
-Douglas Southall Freeman,R.E. Lee: A Biography (1934-1936)
-Kenneth Neill Cameron, The Young Shelley: Genesis of a Radical (1950)
-William Raymond Manchester, H.L. Mencken: Disturber of the Peace (1951)
-F. Homes Dudden, Henry Fielding: His Life, Works, and Times (1952)
-Harold Hulme,The Life of Sir John Eliot (1957)
-Cecil Abernethy, Mr. Pepys of Seething Lane (1958)
-Mark Schorer, Sinclair Lewis: An American Life (1961)
-Harry Escott, Isaac Watts, Hymnographer: A Study of the Beginnings, Development, and Philosophy of the English Hymn (1962)
-Alfred Leslie Rowse, Willian Shakespeare: A Biography (1963)
-Calhoun Winton, Captain Steele: The Early Career of Richard Steele (1964)
-Violet Bonham Carter, Winston Churchill: An Intimate Portrait (1965)
-Jonathan Root, Halliburton: The Magnificent Myth
-Frederick Albert Pottle, James Boswell: The Early Years (1966)
-Christopher Hibbert, Charles I (1968)
-Carlos Baker, Ernest Hemingway: A Life Story (1969)
-Lovat Dickson, H.G. Wells: His Turbulent Life and Times(1969)
-Arnold A. Dallimore, George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the Eighteenth-Century Revival (1970)
4. Concluding Comments
5. List of Works Cited and Consulted
6. Index