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This volume was published in 1895.
Phillips Brooks said in an address before the Phillips Exeter Academy in 1893, " Since the noblest life on earth is always human life, the literature which deals with human life must always be the noblest literature. And since the individual human life must always have a distinctness and interest which cannot belong to any of the groups of human lives, biography must always have a charm which no other kind of history can rival. I believe fully that the intrinsic life of any human being is so interesting, that if it can be simply and sympathetically put in words, it will be legitimately interesting to other men." I trust that the lives here sketched may be found interesting.
- Madame de Maintenon, with neither beauty nor youth, but with great intellectual power, was able to win and keep the love of a fickle king.
- Catharine II. of Russia made a comparatively uncivilized country the Mecca of scholars and artists during her reign. She was fitly called the " Star of the North."
- Louise Le Brun became the painter and friend of sovereigns, overcoming obstacles that would have disheartened most people.
- Dolly Madison will always be remembered as one of the most lovely women ever in the White House.
- Catherine Booth, the mother of the Salvation Army, unused to public speech, became the eloquent advocate of a wonderful movement.
- Lucy Stone was the gentle leader in a great reform.
- Lady Henry Somerset and Julia Ward Howe show how women of wealth and social position may give their lives to good work, if they feel a true sense of responsibility.
- Queen Victoria's name will be illustrious through the centuries as that of a good woman, and a wise and able ruler. Cardinal Manning said in her Jubilee year, "Her home and her court are bright and spotless examples for all who reign, and a pattern for all people."
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