Albert Bigelow Paine

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Albert Bigelow Paine

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Albert Bigelow Paine (10 July 1861 – 9 April 1937) 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, humour, and verse. [1]



Paine was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts and moved to Bentonsport, Iowa at the age of 1. He later moved to St. Louis, where he trained as a photographer, and became a dealer in photographic supplies in Fort Scott, Kansas. Paine sold up in 1895 to become a full-time writer, moving to New York. He spent most of his life living in Europe, including a time in France where he wrote two books about Joan of Arc. This work was so well received in France that he was awarded the title of Chevalier in the Lgion d'honneur by the French government. [1]

Paine wrote several children's books, the first of which was published in 1898. He went on to write about his travelling adventures, including The Tent Dwellers, written about a trout fishing trip to Nova Scotia. His 1901 book The Great White Way written about the Arctic indirectly gave New York City's Broadway the name "Great White Way" [2]

He was the official biographer and literary executor for Mark Twain, and worked with him (and on his behalf after his death) on various projects. His work on Twain's unfinished story The Mysterious Stranger saw him combine three versions of the story into one [3].

Paine was married to Dora and had three daughters. [1]


Partial biography of Albert Bigelow Paine [1][4]:

  • Rhymes by Two Friends with William Allen White (1893)
  • The Mystery of Evelin Delorme, A Hypnotic Story (1894)
  • The Hollow Tree and Deep Woods Book (1898)
  • The Arkansas Bear (1898)
  • The Bread Line (1900)
  • The Great White Way (1901)
  • Thomas Nast - His Period and His Pictures (1904) – biography of Thomas Nast
  • The Tent Dwellers (1908)
  • The Boy's Life of Mark Twain (1916)
  • Mark Twain: A Biography, 3 volumes (1917)
  • Mark Twain's Letters, 2 volumes (editor, 1917)
  • A Short Life of Mark Twain (1920)
  • Mark Twain's Speeches (editor, 1923)
  • Life and Lillian Gish (1932) – biography of Lillian Gish
  • Golden Cat (1934)
  • Biography of Captain Bill MacDonald (?)
  • Biography of George Fisher Baker (?)
  • The Car That Went Abroad (?)
  • The Ship Dwellers (?)
  • Deep Woods (?)


  1. ^ a b c d New York Times story archived at 10 April 1970. "Albert B. Paine, 76, Biographer, Dead". Accessed 7 August 2006.
  2. ^ Popik, Barry. 5 July 2004. "Great White Way". Accessed 7 August 2006.
  3. ^ "A History of War". Accessed 7 August 2006
  4. ^ "Mark Twain in His Times Bibliography". Accessed 7 August 2006

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