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Dictionary of American religious biography /
Henry Warner Bowden.
edition
2nd ed., rev. and enl.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1993.
description
ix, 686 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0313278253 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1993.
isbn
0313278253 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
3333781
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [667]-671) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1993-11:
The first edition (CH, Sep'77) of this collective biography supplied one-page alphabetically arranged sketches of 425 deceased persons. The present work adds 111 sketches (rather than the 125 promised in the Preface). An evenhanded editorial touch is evident throughout in selection of the added subjects, all of whom add balance; all were deceased as of 1 July 1992. They include 18 women, 12 African Americans (including several ex-slaves), all Roman Catholic cardinals, the second US saint, all Mormon presidents, representatives of non-mainline denominations, and most leaders of social justice movements. As in the first edition, appendixes list denominational affiliation and birthplace; a select bibliography of 85 books arranged by category and an index conclude the work. Although Roman Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, and Unitarian entries lead the additions, they do not preponderate as in the 1977 work. Regions other than the Northeast receive greater representation. Since only 13 new subjects were born in this century, the 49 new entries for 1850-99 and 31 for 1800-49 suggest that the 19th century's qualified individuals have been adequately covered. Some of the reading is compelling: one woman starved with her converts in famine-ridden China and one illiterate ex-slave woman undertook a speaking tour of India before 1900. So long as current interest in biography or "life history" is high, this title will be highly useful, but need for a third edition very soon appears dim. D. G. Davis Jr.; University of Texas at Austin
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'œIn this revised edition, Bowden has added 125 figures and in some form reworked his profiles or bibliography of 350 others. As with other reference works, increased attention is given to women and minorities. Atheists, freethinkers, and cult leaders are included, as are people whom Bowden concedes are outright charlatans. As with the first edition, the brief essays are succinct and probing, ably capturing the impact of the subject's life. The new edition retains the distinction of the old. This volume--like its predecssor--is up to Bowden's usual high standard.'' Anglican and Episcopal History
"In this revised edition, Bowden has added 125 figures and in some form reworked his profiles or bibliography of 350 others. As with other reference works, increased attention is given to women and minorities. Atheists, freethinkers, and cult leaders are included, as are people whom Bowden concedes are outright charlatans. As with the first edition, the brief essays are succinct and probing, ably capturing the impact of the subject's life. The new edition retains the distinction of the old. This volume--like its predecssor--is up to Bowden's usual high standard."- Anglican and Episcopal History
'œThe intent of these essays is to give a critical overview of each subject's enduring impact on some aspect of American religion. Bowden succeeds remarkably well in carrying out this goal. The first edition of the Dictionary of American Religious Biography quickly established it as the reference work of first choice when looking for basic information about key individuals. This second edition solidifies its place as a major reference tool for everyone who is interested in American religious history and life. Bowden is to be commended for his labors.'' The Journal of American History
"The intent of these essays is to give a critical overview of each subject's enduring impact on some aspect of American religion. Bowden succeeds remarkably well in carrying out this goal. The first edition of the Dictionary of American Religious Biography quickly established it as the reference work of first choice when looking for basic information about key individuals. This second edition solidifies its place as a major reference tool for everyone who is interested in American religious history and life. Bowden is to be commended for his labors."- The Journal of American History
'œThe reading is compelling: one woman starved with her converts in famine-ridden China and one illiterate ex-slave woman undertook a speaking tour of India before 1900....This title will be highly useful.'' Choice
"The reading is compelling: one woman starved with her converts in famine-ridden China and one illiterate ex-slave woman undertook a speaking tour of India before 1900....This title will be highly useful."- Choice
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Summaries
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The first edition of this award-winning reference, published in 1977, contained 425 biographical profiles of the most significant American religious figures. This new edition includes profiles for 125 additional people, and the earlier biographical sketches have been revised and updated. The volume includes religious leaders who died before July 1, 1992. Among its pages are entries for reformers, philosophers, social activists, doers and dreamers. While many of the people are mainstream, white ordained clergymen, many more stand outside traditional denominations and reflect the cultural and religious diversity of modern America. The result is a systematic overview of 400 years of American religion from the colonial period to the present day. Each profile begins with a capsule summary of the chief events in that person's life. The biographical essay that follows places the basic facts of the figure's life within the larger context of American religious history. A bibliography of the most significant works by and about the figure concludes each entry. Appendices at the end of the work categorize each individual by religious denomination and by place of birth.
Table of Contents
Preface
Abbreviations for Standard
Reference Sources
Biographies
Selected Bibliography
Index
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