One of the most successful examples of modern romantic fiction. It displays great familiarity with oriental customs and habits of mind, good constuctive ability and vivid powers of description." The sea fight between the triremes of the Romans and the pirates and the chariot race in Antioch, are intensely exciting episodes. The City of New York Catalog of Books for Public School Library, 1904
"It seems to me the very best short biography which has ever been writen of any prominent American. A masterpiece of eloquent condensation, without the slightest sacrifice of historical perspective. It is noble in manner and noble in mattter." -- Theodore Roosevelt.
Volume I. Contains sketches of Audubon, Irving, Cooper, Bryant, Prescott, Whittier, Hawthorne, Bancroft, Poe, Emerson, Longfellow, Motley, Stowe, Lowell, Parkman and Holmes. Volume II. Contains sketches of G. W. Curtis, R. H. Stoddard, C. D. Warner, Edward Eggleston, E. C. Stedman, Bret Harte, Bayard Taylor, Howelols, Aldrich, Fiske, Mark Twain, and many other modern writers.
Ramona was immensely popular almost immediately upon its release in 1884, with more than 15,000 copies sold in the ten months before Jackson's death in 1885. One year after her death, the North American Review called it "unquestionably the best novel yet produced by an American woman" and named it, along with Uncle Tom's Cabin, one of two most ethical novels of the 19th century. Sixty years after its publication, 600,000 copies had been sold. There have been over 300 reissues to date and the book has never been out of print.
Contains beside Grandmother's story of Bunker Hill battle, some thirty other patriotic and narrative poems by Dr. Holmes, such as Old Ironsides, Ballad of the Boston tea-party, Lexington, Dorothy Q, Chambered Nautilus, Robinson of Leyden, etc., with portrait and notes."
Review: I've never read anything that equals it in its deep-sea wonder and mystery; nor do I think that any book before has so copletely covered the whole business of whale-fishing and at the same time given such real and new sea pictures." -- Rudyard Kipling
"Thomas Bulfinch's study of mythology, which first appeared in 1855, is still the most popular and useful book on classical Greek mythology in English."