Historical Society of Harford County, Inc.
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE BOOTHS
BOOKS ABOUT THE BOOTH FAMILY
At the present, this bibliography is a work in progress. There are thousands
of books and articles on the Booths, but few of these books are in print or
readily available. Thus, most authors who have elected to write about the
Booths do not seem fully of aware of what has been previously written.
Hopefully, this page may provide some help.
We are adding books on a continuing basis. The books and articles
that are in the collection of the Library or (Booth Room Committee) Archives of the Historical
Society of Harford
County, Inc. are followed with a brown "(HSHC)." They are
available for examination, but not borrowing, at the Historical
Society of Harford County, Inc. Books from the
Harford County Public Library are followed with a blue
"(HCPL)." Books that the Webmaster found interesting are marked with a asterisk. Books that are not
marked probably were not read by the Webmaster.
- Abbott, Lyman, Silhouettes of My Contemporaries, Doubleday, Garden
- Aldrich, Mrs. Thomas B., Crowding Memories, Houghton, Boston, 1920. *
- Ames, Winthrop, The Booth Theatre, New York,
New York Theatre Program Corporation, 26 pages, 1927. (HSHC)
- Anderson, Mary, A Few Memories, Harper, New York, 1896.
- Archer, Stephen M., Junius Brutus Booth: Theatrical Prometheus,
Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, 1992. (HSHC)
Click for details on the author of this highly recommended book
and his research materials.
- Ayres, Alfred [pseud, Thomas Embley Osmun], Acting and Actors,
Elocution and Elocutionists: A Book about Theatre Folk and Theatre Art,
Appleton, New York, 1894.
- Badeau, Adam, Dramatic Reminiscences., Pioneer Press, St. Paul and
Minneapolis, February 20, 1887.
- Badeau, Adam, The Vagabond, Rudd, New York, 1859.
- Baker, General La Fayettee C., Secret Service, The National
Tribune, Washington D. C. , 1898. (HSHC)
- Barclay and Company, Trial of the Assassins and Conspirators for
the Murder of Abraham Lincoln, Barclay and Company, Philadephia, 1865, Reprint in 1981
by James L. Barbour, Port Tobacco, Maryland in 1981, 16 Illustrations, 105 Pages. *
- Bates, Finis L., The Escape and Suicide of John Wilkes Booth, The
Retail Druggist Journal Publishers, Detroit, 1907.
- Bratton, J. S., editor, King Lear: Plays in Performance, Bristol
Classical Press, Bristol, 1987.
- Brown, T. Allston, History of the American Stage, Containing
Biographical Sketches of Nearly Every Member of the Profession Who Has
Appeared on the American Stage, from 1733 to 1870, Dick and Fitzgerald,
New York, 1870.
- Bryan, George S., The Great American Myth, Carrick and Evans, New
York, 1940; Reprint, Introduction by William Hanchett, Americana House,
Chicago, 1990, extensive Index, 16 Illustrations, At least 250 References, 436 Pages.
- Campbell, Helen Jones, The Case for Mrs. Surratt, G. P. Putnam's Sons,
- Carison, Marvin, The Italian Shakespearians, Folger Shakespeare
Library, Washington, D.C, 1985.
- Chamlee, Roy Z., Lincoln's Assassins, McFarland
& Company, Inc., Publishers, London, 1990. *
- Clark, Asia Booth, The Elder and the Younger Booth, James R.
Osggood and Company, Boston, 1882, Index, 7 Illustrations. (HSHC)
- Clark, Asia Booth, Unlocked Book, Faber and Faber Limited,
London. (HSHC) also published by Arno Press, New York
in 1977, 19 Illustrations. *
- Clark, J. S., Booth Memorials: Passages, Incidents, and Anecdotes in
the life of Junius Brutus Booth the Elder, Carlton, New York, 1866. (HSHC)
- Copeland, Charles T., Edwin Booth, Small, Maynard and Company,
Boston, 1901. (HSHC)
- Eisenschiml, Otto, Why was Lincoln Murdered? Grosset and Dunlap, New York, 1937.
- Estavan, Lawrence (Editor), The Booth Family, San Francisco Theatre
Research, Volume 4, Works Progress Administration, San Francisco, 1939.
- Faber Dinah, Edwin Booth, Harford County's Prince of Players, Part 1, Harford Historical
Bulletin, The Historical Society of Harford County, Inc., Number 98, Summer 2004.
- Forrester, Izola, This One Mad Act, (The Unknown Story of John
Wilkes Booth and His Family), Hale, Cushman, & Flint,
Boston, 1937. (HSHC)
- Furness, Horace Howard, ed., A New Variorum Edition of Hamlet, J.
B. Uppincott Company, Philadelphia and London, 1877.
- Furness, Horace Howard, ed., A New Variorum Edition of Othello, J.
B. Uppincott Company, Philadelphia and London, 1886.
- Furtwangler, Albert, Assassins on the Stage, Brutus, Hamlet, and the Death of Lincoln,
University of Illinois Press, Chicago, Illinois, 1991, 6 Illustrations, Index, 168 Pages.
- Gad, Robert E., and Semmes, David, America's Players, The Seabury
Press, New York, 1967. (HSHC)
- Gambone, A.M., Major-General John Frederick Hartranft, Butternut
and Blue, Baltimore, MD, 1995.*
- Gad, Robert E., and Semmes, David, America's Players, The Seabury
Press, New York, 1967.
- Good, Timothy S., We Saw Lincoln Shot, ONE HUNDRED EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS,
University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, 1995, 8 Page Bibliography, Index, 7 Photographs, 215 Pages. *
- Goodale, Katherine, Behind the Scenes with Edwin Booth, Houghton Mifflin
Company, Boston, 1931. (HSHC)
- Grossman, Edwina Booth, Edwin Booth: Recollections by His Daughter and
Letters to Her and to His Friends, The Century Company, New York, 1894 and
1902. (HSHC) *
- Gutman, Richard, J. S., and Kellie O., John Wilkes Booth, Himself, Hired Hand Press,
Dover, Massachusetts, 1979, 45 Photographs & Illustrations of John Wilkes Booth, Citations.
- Hall, James O., John Wilkes Booth's Escape Route, The Surratt Society,
Clinton, Maryland, ~1992, 27 Pages. *
- Hall, James O., The Surratt Family and John Wilkes Booth, The Surratt Society,
Clinton, Maryland, ~1980. (HSHC) *
- Hankey, Julie, ed., Othello: Plays in Performance, Bristol
Classical Press, Bristol, 1987.
- Harris, General T. M., Assassination of Lincoln, a History of the Great Conspiracy,
Trial of the Conspirators by a Military Commission, Review of the Trial of John Surratt
(by a member of the Commission, American Citizen Company, Boston, Massachusetts, 1892, Reprinted in 1989
by Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie, Maryland, *
- Henneke, Ben G., Laura Keene, Council Oak Books, Tulsa, Oklahoma,
1990, 47 Illustrations, References. (Keene, a remarkably independent actress, held
Lincoln's head after he was shot.) *
- Hewitt, Barnard, History of the Theatre from 1800 to the Present,
Random House, New York, 1970, Index, 7 Pages of Bibliography, 210 Pages. *
- Hutton, Laurence, Edwin Booth, Harper & Brothers Publishers,
New York, 1893. (HSHC)
- Jameson, W.C., Return of Assassin, Republic of Texas Press, Plano, Texas,
1999, 10 Page Bibliography, Index, 280 Pages. *
- Jones, Thomas A., J. Wilkes Booth, Laird and Lee Publishers,
Chicago, 1893. (HSHC) *
- Kauffman, M.W., American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the
Lincoln Conspiracies, Random House, New York, NY, November 2004.
- Kimmel, Stanley, The Mad Booths of Maryland, The Boobs-Merrill
Company, New York, 1940, Index, 8 Illustrations
(HSHC) and published by Dover Publications, New York in 1969 (HSHC)
- Kincaid, Arthur, John Wilkes Booth, Actor, Proceedings of a Conference
Weekend in Bel Air, Maryland, May 1989, North Leigh, Oxfordshire, England, 1989, 71 Pages.
- Knibb, Joyce G. and Mahrtens, Patricia A., The Ellusive Booths of Burrillville,
Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie, Maryland, 1991, Index, 27 Illustrations. *
- Kunhardt, Dorthy Meserve, and Kunhardt, Phillip B. Jr., Twenty Days,
Newcastle Publishing Company, Inc, North Hollywood, CA, 1985, 312 Pages,
- Laughlin, Clara E., The Death of Lincoln, The Story of Booth's Plot, His
Deed and the Penalty, McClure, Phillips, & Company, 1909, Reprinted in 1997,
398 Pages, 61 page Index, 26 Photographs.*
- Leech, Margaret, Reveille in Washington, 1860-1865, Harper &
Brothers, Publishers, New York, 1941. (HSHC)
- Lewis, Lloyd, Myths After Lincoln, The Press of the Readers, 1941.
- Lewis, Lloyd, The Assassination of Lincoln, History and Myth,
MJF Books, New York, 1994. *
- Lomsk, Milton, Andrew Johnson, President on Trial, Farrar, Straus,
and Cudahy, New York, 1960. (HSHC)
- Lockridge, Richard, Darling of Misfortune: Edwin Booth, 1833-1893,
The Century Company, New York and London, 1932.
- Loux, Arthur F., Day by Day, Notes found in the Surratt Museum, 1990. (HSHC) *
- Lucas, Daniel B., Memoirs of John Yates Beall, Printed by J. Lovell, Montreal, 1865.
- Lynch, Jack, Wilkes, Liberty, and No. 45, Colonial Williamsburg, Summer 2003. (HSHC)
- McClure, Stanley W., Fords Theatre, National Park Service,
Washington, D.C., 1984. *
- Mahoney, Ella V., Sketches of Tudor Hall and the Booth Family,
Tudor Hall, Maryland, 1925, 5 Photographs. (HSHC) (HCPL) *
- Miller, Ernest C., John Wilkes Booth in the Pennsylvania Oil
Region, Crawford County Historical Society, Meadville, PA, 1987. *
- Mills, John A., Hamlet on Stage: The Great Tradition, Greenwood
Press, Westport, Connecticut, 1985.
- Morris, Clara, Life on the Stage, McClure, Phillips, & Company, 1901.*
- Mudd, Nettie, The Life of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, The Neale
Publishing Company, New York, 1906. *
- Oggel, L. Terry, Edwin Booth, A Bio-Bibliography, Greenwood Press,
Westport, Connecticut, 1992, 3 illustrations, 1028 citations. *
- Oldroyd, Osborn H., The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, ,
Published in 1901 by the Author, Reprinted by
Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie, Maryland, 1990, 312 Pages, Index, 86 Illustrations. *
- Power-Waters, Alma S., The Story of Young Edwin Booth, Dutton, New
York, 1955, 192 pages, photographs. (HCPL)
- Robertson, David, Booth (A Novel), Anchor Books, Doubleday, New
York, 1998. (HSHC)
- Rhodelamel, John, and Taper, Louise, Right or Wrong God Judge Me,
the Writings of John Wilkes Booth, University of Illinois Press, Chicago, Illinois, 1997.
- Roscoe, Theodore, The Web of Conspiracy, Prentice-Hall, Englewood
Cliffs, N. J., 1959.
- Rosenberg, Marvin, The Masks of King Lear, University of California
Press, Berkeley, 1972.
- Rosenberg, Marvin, The Masks of Macbeth, University of California
Press, Berkeley, 1978.
- Rosenberg, Marvin, The Masks of Othello, University of California
Press, Berkeley, 1961.
- Royle, Edwin M., Edwin Booth as I Knew Him, Players, New York, 1933.
- Ruggles, Eleanor, Prince or Players: Edwin Booth, W. W. Norton
& Company, Inc., New York, 1953. (HSHC)
- Samples, Gordon, Lust for Fame: The Stage Career of John Wilkes Booth, Mc
Farland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Jefferson, NC and London, 1982. *
- Sewell, Richard H., John P. Hale and the Politics of Abolition,
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1965.
- Shattuck, Charles H., The Hamlet of Edwin Booth, The University of
Illinois Press, Urbana, 1969.
- Shattuck, Charles H., Shakespeare on American Stage: From the Hallams
to Edwin Booth, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D. C., 1976. (HCPL)
- Shattuck, Charles H., Shakespeare on American Stage: From Booth and Barrett to
Sothern and Marlow, Volume II, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D. C., 1987.
- Skinner, Otis, The Last Tragedian, (The Life Story of Edwin Booth Told
Largely Through His Own Letters), Dodd, Mead and Company, Inc., New York, 1939,
11 Illustrations. (HSHC)
- Smith, Gene, American Gothic, The Story of an American Legendary
Theatrical Family -- Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth, Simon and
Schuster, New York, 1992. (HSHC)(HCPL) *
- Sothern, Edward H., The Melancholy Tale of "Me", Charles Scribner's
Sons, New York, 1916. *
- Sprague, Arthur Colby, Shakespeare and the Actor, Harvard
University Press, Cambridge, Mass, 1944.
- Sprague, Arthur Colby, Shakespearian Players and Performances,
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass, 1944.
- Starkey, Larry, Wilkes Booth Came to Washington, Random House,
1976, 209 pages, Index. (HSHC)
- Steers, Edward, Jr., Blood on the Moon: the Assassination of Abraham
Lincoln, The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 2001, 360 pages,
index, references. (HCPL)
- Steers, Edward, Jr., and Chaconas, Joan L., The Escape and
Capture of John Wilkes Booth, Marker Tours, Copyright in 1983, Revised in 1989,
44 pages, 50 Illustrations. *
- Surratt Society, In Pursuit of . . .,Continuing Research in the Field
of the Lincoln Assassination, The Surratt Society,
Clinton, Maryland, 1990, 292 Pages complied from Newsletters. *
- Tanner, Corporal James, While Lincoln Lay Dying, The Union League
of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 1968. (Facsimile reproduction of first testimony
taken after Lincoln was shot.) *
- Tebbel, John, A Certain Club, One Hundred Years of the Players Club, The
Hampden Booth Theatre Library, New York, NY, 1898; (Starts with a biography of Edwin Booth and his
contributions to founding the Players Club, NY)
- Tidwell, William A., April '65, Confederate Covert Action in the
American Civil War, The Kent State University Press, Kent, Ohio, 1995. *
- Tidwell, William A. with Hall, James O., and Gaddy, David W., Come
Retribution: The Confederate Secret Service and the Assassination of Lincoln,
University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, 1988. *
- Townsend, George A., The Life, Crime, and Capture of John Wilkes
Booth, Dick & Fitzgerald, Publishers, New York, 1865, Facsimile
reprint in 1977, 65 Pages, 5 Illustrations. *
- Towse, J. R., Edwin Booth-The Last Tragedian of His Era, The American
Theatre as Seen by its Critics 1752-1934, Editor, Montrose J. Moses
and John Mason Brown, W. W. Norton and Company, Inc., New Youk, 1934.
- The Trial of the Assassins & Conspiritors for the Murder of
President Abraham Lincoln, Complete Edition , T. B. Peterson &
Brothers Philadelphia, 1965. (HSHC)
- Trial of John H. Surratt, The Reporter, Volumes III and IV, R. Sutton,
Washington, D.C., 1867. (HSHC)
- Turner, Thomas Reed, Beware of People Weeping, Public Opinion and the
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Louisiana State University Press,
Baton Rouge and London, 1991.
- The War Department Files, Statements Made by the Alleged Lincoln
Conspirators Under Examination, 1865, The Surratt Society,
Clinton, Maryland, 1980.*
- Watermeier, Daniel J. and Shattuck, Charles H., Edwin Booth's
Performances, the Mary Isabella Stone Commentaries, UMI Research Press,
Ann Arbor, 1990. (HSHC)
- Watermeier, Daniel J., editor, Between Actor and Critic: Selected
Letters of Edwin Booth and William Winter, Princeton University Press,
- Weichmann, Lewis J., (Risvold, Floyd J. editor) A True History of the
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the Conspiracy Trail of 1865, Alfred
E. Knopf, Inc., New York, 1975, 311 pages, index, references.
- Weitzman, David L., Great Lives: Theatre, Atheneum Books for Young
Readers, New York, 1996, 311 pages, index, references.
- Wilson, Francis, John Wilkes Booth, Fact and Fiction of the Lincolns
Assassination, Houghton Mifflin
Company, Boston, 1929, 26 Illustrations. (HSHC)
- Winter, William, Life and Art of Edwin Booth, MacMillan & Company, New York,
1893, 15 Illustrations. (HCPL)
- Winter, William, Shadows of the Stage, First Series, MacMillan & Company, New York,
- Winter, William, Shadows of the Stage, Second Series, MacMillan & Company, New York,
- Winter, William, Shadows of the Stage, Third Series, MacMillan & Company, New York,
- Wright, C.M., Our Harford Heritage, a History of Harford County,
Maryland, French-Bray Printing Company, Glen Burnie, Maryland, (462 pages
with photographs and maps), 1980. (HSHC)
- Zeinert, Karen, The Lincoln Murder Plot, Linnet Books, North Haven,
Conn., 1999, 113 pages, map, index, references. (HCPL)
ARTICLES ABOUT THE BOOTH FAMILY
- Hundreds of articles have been published in the newsletters of the Surratt Society
("The Surratt Society News," 1976-1986 and "Surratt Courier," 1986-Present).
- Badeau, Adam, Edwin Booth on and off the Stage, McLure's Magazine,
- Cohen, Richard, Hamlet as Edwin Booth,
Theatre Survey, 10, pages 53-74, May 1969.
- Fox, Dorothy., Childhood Home of an American Arch-Villian,
Civil War Times, page 16, March/April, 1990.
- Head, Constance, John Wilkes Booth in American Fiction, Lincoln
Herald, page 455, 1980.
- Head, Constance, The Booth Sisters of Bel Air, Lincoln
Herald, page 759, Winter, 1981.
- Head, Constance, John Wilkes Booth as a Hero Figure, Journal of
American Culture, No. 3, Fall, 1982.
- Morcum, Richard, They All Loved Lucy, American Heritage,
pages 12-15, October 1970.
- Shettle, James W., J. Wilkes Booth at School, Dramatic
Mirror, February 26, 1816(?). (Found in "JWB in the Pa. Oil Region" by
- Shattuck, Charles H., The Romantic Acting of Junius Brutus Booth,
Nineteen Century Theatre Research, 5, pages 1-26, Spring 1977.
- Siemon, James R., "Nay, that's not next": Othello, V.2 in Performance,
1760-1900 , Shakespeare Quarterly, 37, p 38-51, Spring 1986.
- Watermeier, Daniel J., Edwin Booth's Iago, Theatre History
Studies 6, p 32-35, 1986.
- Watermeier, Daniel J., Edwin Booth's Richelieu, Theatre History
Studies 1, p 1-19, 1981.
- Watermeier, Daniel J. and Engle, Ron, Booth and Dawison's Polyglot
Othello, Theatre Research International 13, p 48-56, Spring 1988.
PLAYS ABOUT THE BOOTH FAMILY
- Bush, W., The Young Republic, Its Sixteenth President, Three Acts,
The Best Plays of 1946-47. (HSHC)
- Geiger, Milton, Edwin Booth, Three Acts, Dramatists Play Service,
Inc., 1958. (HSHC)
- Patrick, John, The Story of Mary Surratt, Three Acts, 1871. (HSHC)
NOVELS ABOUT THE BOOTH FAMILY
- Anonymous, The Great Conspiracy: A Book of Absorbing Interest!,
Barclay and Co., Philadelphia, 1866.
- Babcock, Bernie, Booth and the Spirit of Lincoln; A Story of a Livmg
Dead Man, J. B. Lippencott Company, Philadelphia, 1925. (HSHC)
- Bauer, Charles J., So I Killed Lincoln: John Wilkes Booth, Vantage
Press, New York, 1976. (HSHC)
- Carroll, Edward Z. J. (pseud. Ned Buntline), The Parricides or The Doom
of the Assassins, Hilton and Co., New York, 1865
- Crozier, Captain Robert H., The Bloody Junto or the Escape of John
Wilkes Booth, Woodruff and Blocher, Little Rock, Ark, 1868.
- Glasgow, Alice, The Twisted Tendril, Frederick A. Slokes Co., New
- Jordan, Jan, Dim the Flaring Lamps, Prentice-Hall, Englewood
Cliffs, N.J., 1972.
- Kennelly, Ardyth, The Spur, Julian Messner, Inc., New York, 1951.
- Leonardi, Dell, The Reincarnation of John Wilkes Booth, A Study in Hynotic Regression,
Devin-Adair Company, Old Greenwich, Conneticut, 1975. (HSHC)
- Russell, Pamela B., The Woman Who Loved John Wilkes Booth, G. P.
Putnarn's Sons, New York, 1978.
- Stacton, David, The Judges of the Secret Court, Pantheon Books, New
- Stern, Phillip Van Doren, The Man Who Killed Lincoln, The Literary
Guild of America, Inc., New York, 1939. (HSHC)
and Random House, New York, 1939.
- Steward, Dwight and Barbara, The Lincoln Diddle, William Morrow
and Co., New York, 1979.
- Townsend, George Alfred [pseud. Gath], Katy of Catoctin or The
Chain-Breakers, 1880. Reprint, Tidewater Publishers, Cambridge, Md, 1959.
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