ELBERT HUBBARD by David Arnold Balch


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Simply told biography of the great humanitarian, who, in his day was fabulously successful as an American counterpart of William Morris. In its time, the Roycroft Press and the miniature lives ""Little Journey of the Great"", and the Elbert Hubbard legend played virtually a Chautauqua role. Elbert Hubbard was an intriguing mixture of Mark Twain, Buffalo Bill, P. T. Barnum, Emerson and Pollyanna -- an oddity, an eccentric with a keen sense of showmanship. He was a simple, American farm boy, largely self-educated. At 14, he was a failure in business (the glue business), but then he turned towards brief biography, choosing people who illustrated his own philosophy of efficiency, initiative, industry, good cheer and patience. He turned the proceeds into the Roycroft Shops in East Aurora, where he taught people to work with their hands, emulating William Morris. His personal life included an unsuccessful marriage and a great love, whom he eventually married. Easy reading -- a definite phase of the American picture.

Pub Date: Feb. 21st, 1940
Publisher: Stokes