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Lifetime: 1861 - 1937 Passed: ≈ 87 years ago


American Author, Biographer


United States

Albert Bigelow Pain

Albert Bigelow Paine was an American author and biographer best known for his work with Mark Twain. Paine was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Committee and wrote in several genres, including fiction, humor, and verse.

Paine was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the son of Vermont farmer Samuel Estabrook Paine and Mercy Coval Kirby Paine, and was moved to Bentonsport, Iowa when he was one year old. From early childhood until early adulthood, Paine lived in the village of Xenia in southern Illinois; here he received his schooling. His home in Xenia is still standing. At the age of twenty, he moved to St. Louis, where he trained as a photographer, and became a dealer in photographic supplies in Fort Scott, Kansas. Paine sold out in 1895 to become a full-time writer, moving to New York. He spent most of his life in Europe, including France, where he wrote two books about Joan of Arc. The works were so well received in France that he was awarded the title of Chevalier in the Légion d'honneur by the French government.

Paine was married to Dora Locey and had three daughters.  Max McCoy in his "Biographer Obscura: The Secret Life of Albert Bigelow Paine" (in Mark Twain Journal Vol. 56, No. 1 (Spring 2018), pp. 249-267) claims Paine was earlier married to Minnie Schultz, and either lied or committed bigamy by marrying Dora while still married to his first wife.

Books by Albert Bigelow Pain

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The Boy's Life of Mark Twain

Non-Fiction Biography
Mark Twain

Albert Bigelow Paine was Samuel Langhorne Clemens' (Mark Twain's) biographer. He lived with Twain, collecting ideas and material for a biography, for a few years before Twain's death in 1910. Six years later Paine published this "story of a man who m...

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Life and Lillian Gish

History Autobiography Life America Relationships United States Performing Arts

An authorized biography of Lillian Gish, the renowned silent film star known in her heyday as the First Lady of American Cinema. Albert Bigelow Paine chronicles Gish's early life, her close relationship with her sister Dorothy, her rise in film as an...

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Captain Bill McDonald, Texas Ranger: A Story of Frontier Reform

War Military Autobiography Justice Life Laws Communism

It is a biography of Captain Bill McDonald, a legendary lawman and Texas Ranger who played a crucial role in reforming the state's frontier during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Published in 1909, the book chronicles McDonald's life and car...

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Mark Twain: A Biography - Volume 1

History Non-Fiction Biography
Autobiography Identity Wisdom Historical Mark Twain Resilience Wits Curiosity Intriguing

In the realm of literary giants, one figure stands as a beacon of wit, wisdom, and irreverence—Mark Twain. Now, in this compelling biography, venture into the life of America's beloved humorist and storyteller as never before. In "Mark Twain: A Biog...

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Mark Twain: A Biography - Volume II

History Non-Fiction Biography
Tragedy Creativity Autobiography Literature Self-Discovery Society Historical Mark Twain Secret

The curtain rises on a riveting chapter of Mark Twain's life that witnessed both soaring success and profound personal turmoil. Charting the trajectory of a literary luminary who wove timeless tales of adventure and satire, this book unearths the sec...

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Mark Twain: A Biography - Volume III

History Non-Fiction Biography
Spirit Autobiography Friendship Challenges Struggle Triumphs Relationships Historical Mark Twain Classic Literature

This compelling third volume continues the epic journey of a man who embodied the spirit of America in the 19th century. From the glistening banks of the Mississippi River to the bustling streets of New York City, Paine's meticulous research and vivi...

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How Mr. Rabbit Lost His Tail

Fairy Tale
Children Adventure Self-Discovery Challenges Forest Journey Childhood Determination Conflict Wisdom Bravery

Delight in the heartwarming children's book, "How Mr. Rabbit Lost His Tail," penned by the talented author, Albert Bigelow Paine. Join Mr. Rabbit on an enthralling quest as he awakens one morning to find that his beloved tail has mysteriously disappe...