The Press: 20,000 Lives

England long ago called upon the full strength of her scholarship to make and continue the British Dictionary .of National Biography. Germany has her Allegemeine Deutsche Biographic. These and similar gigantic works in other countries, though they treat of their subjects, however distinguished, only in factual outline and leave the delineation of men in their entirety to their Boswells, are complete and authoritative basis upon which studies of mankind will be made in the far future.

The U. S. has no such catalog. The nearest approach is Appleton's' Cyclopedia of American Biography, six volumes,...

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