Bradford, Gamaliel

Bradford, Gamaliel

Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932, American biographer, b. Boston. After many unsuccessful years as a writer, he achieved literary fame as a biographer with his Lee, the American (1912). He perfected the method of writing "psychographs," or short portraits of historical figures. His works in this area include Confederate Portraits (1914), Union Portraits (1916), and Damaged Souls (1923).

See his autobiographical Life and I (1928) and his journal (1933) and letters (1934), both edited by V. W. Brooks.

Gamaliel Bradford was an American biographer, critic, poet, and dramatist. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, the sixth of seven men called Gamaliel Bradford in unbroken succession, of whom the first, Gamaliel Bradford, was a great-grandson of Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony. As an adult, Bradford lived in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where the high school's building and student newspaper are named after him. He developed the psychographic form of written biographies.

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