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James Baldwin

(1841 - 1925)

According to his biography in the Junior Book of Authors (1951), Baldwin, a native of Indiana and largely self-educated, began teaching at the age of 24. After several years he became superintendent of the graded schools in Indiana, a post he held for 18 years. The last 37 years of his life he worked with publishers, first with Harper and Brothers and later with the American Book Company. In addition to editing school books, he started writing books of his own. After the publication in 1882 of The Story of Siegfried, he went on to write more than 50 others. His influence was widely felt because at one time it was estimated that of all the school books in use in the United States, over half had been written or edited by him. Unfortunately, his works are much less widely known today. So far as I know, none of his books are in print today.


  • 1882 The Story of Siegfried (other editions 1888, 1904)
  • 1882 An Introduction to the Study of English Literature and Literary Criticism
  • 1886 Essential Studies in English and American Literature
  • 1888 The Book-Lover (other editions 1889, 1902)
  • 1888 The Story of Roland
  • 1890-91 Harper's School Speaker
  • 1892 Six Centuries of English Poetry: Tennyson to Chaucer
  • 1893 The Book of Elegies
  • 1893 The Famous Allegories
  • 1894 Choice English Lyrics
  • 1895 Fairy Stories and Fables
  • 1895 The Horse Fair
  • 1895 Old Greek Stories: third reader grade
  • 1895 Old Stories of the East
  • 1896 The Story of Daniel Webster for young readers
  • 1896 The Story of Benjamin Franklin for young readers
  • 1896 Fifty Famous Stories Retold
  • 1897 Four Great Americans; Washington, Franklin, Webster, Lincoln
  • 1897 Baldwin's Readers (First-Eighth)
  • 1899 Our New Possessions: Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Philippines
  • 1901 The Discovery of the Old Northwest and its Settlement by the French
  • 1901 The Conquest of the Old Northwest and its Settlement by Americans
  • 1902 A Story of the Golden Age
  • 1902 A Guide to Systematic Readings in the Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • 1903 Barnes's Elementary History of the United States Told in Biographies
  • 1903 The Wonder Book of Horses
  • 1904 Hero Tales Told in School
  • 1904 Abraham Lincoln, a True Life
  • 1905 Thirty More Famous Stories Retold
  • 1905 The Golden Fleece: More Old Greek Stories
  • 1905 The Fairy Reader
  • 1905 Robinson Crusoe
  • 1906 Nine Choice Poems of Longfellow, Lowell, Macaulay, Byron, Browning, and Shelley (includes introductory sketches)
  • 1907 An American Book of Golden Deeds
  • 1907 Another Fairy Reader
  • 1910 Stories of Don Quixote
  • 1912 Fifty Famous People
  • 1912 The Sampo, hero adventures from the Finnish Kalevala
  • 1914 In My Youth (autobiography under name of Robert Dudley)
  • 1916 Fifty Famous Rides and Riders
  • 1919 The Story of Liberty
  • 1920 Sailing the Seas, the Log of Tom Drake
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