Book Reviews and Notices
BOOK REVIEWS AND NOTICES
D;onary of Jmeracan Biograpk . Edited by Dumas Malone.
Volume X, pages x, 617. (New York: Charles Scribner's
Sons, 1933.) Price, $12.50.
This volume of the D. A. B. contains some 673 articles by 443
writers. There are eighteen and a half pages on Thomas Jeffer-
son, eight on Andrew Johnson, five and a half on John Jay, five
on John Paul Jones, and from two to three pages on a number
of characters. The average length of the sketches, however, is
about three-fourths of a page, from 600 to 800 words. The al-
phabetical range of the volume is from William Jasper to
Thomas 0. Larkin; the geographical range is truly national,
non-sectional, and as objective as critical scholarship can make it.
To this reviewer the articles of greatest immediate interest
happen to be for personal or literary reasons: Marcus and Mor-
ris Jastrow (orientalists), John Jay, Joe Jefferson, Thomas Jeffer-
son, George Charles Jenks (author of "Diamond Dick" exploits),
Sarah Orne Jewett, Allen Johnson, Andrew Johnson, Albert Sid-
ney Johnston, Anson Jones (an excellent article by Professor R.
G. Caldwell), Chief Joseph (by W. J. Ghent), T. D. Judah, Phil
and S. W. Kearny, Hall J. Kelley, Myra Kelly (who wrote
"Little Citizens"), Fanny Kemble, Amos Kendall (strangely,
but appropriately, by a professor of modern European history),
George Wilkins Kendall, George Kennon, Captain Kidd, Richard
Kimball, Grace King, Richard King (founder of the King Ranch
in Texas), Rufus King, Father Kino (by Professor Bolton), E.
Kirby Smith, Jean Lafitte, M. B. Lamar, and Sidney Lanier.
The article on Thomas Jefferson is easily among the best half
dozen or so in the ten volumes that have appeared, and it is
probably the longest. It is the work of the editor, Dr. Dumas
Malone, a native of Mississippi, and formerly Professor of His-
tory in the University of Virginia.
The sketch of the late editor, Dr. Allen Johnson, by J. F.
Jameson of the Library of Congress, will be particularly inter-
esting to readers who wish to know something about the editorial
auspices under which the Dictionary of American Biography was
inaugurated. He was educated at Amherst, Leipzig, Paris, and
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101093/. Accessed April 26, 2015.