Albert Bigelow Paine (July 10, 1861 – April 9, 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, humor, and verse.
Paine was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts and was moved to Bentonsport, Iowa when one year old. From early childhood until early adulthood, Paine lived in the village of Xenia in southern Illinois; here he received his schooling. His home in Xenia is still standing. At the age of twenty, he moved to St. Louis, where he trained as a photographer, and became a dealer in photographic supplies in Fort Scott, Kansas. Paine sold out in 1895 to become a full-time writer, moving to New York. He spent most of his life in Europe, including 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 Légion d'honneur by the French government.
Paine was married to Dora and had three daughters.
- Rhymes by Two Friends with William Allen White (1893)
- The Mystery of Evelin Delorme, A Hypnotic Story (1894)
- Gobolinks, or Shadow-Pictures for Young and Old （1896）. From the collections at the Library of Congress
- The Hollow Tree Series:
- The Arkansas Bear (1898)
- The Bread Line (1900)
- The Great White Way (1901)
- The Van Dwellers: A Strenuous Quest for a Home (1901)
- Th. Nast: His Period And His Pictures (1904)
- A Little Garden Calendar (1905)
- The Tent Dwellers (1908)
- Captain Bill McDonald, Texas Ranger: A Story of Frontier Reform (1909), a biography of Texas Ranger William Jesse McDonald
- The Ship Dwellers (1910)
- Mark Twain: A Biography, 4 volumes (1912)
- The Boy's Life of Mark Twain (1916)
- Mark Twain's Letters, 2 volumes (editor, 1917)
- A Short Life of Mark Twain (1920)
- The Car That Went Abroad (1921)
- Mark Twain's Speeches (editor, 1923)
- Life and Lillian Gish (1932), a biography of Lillian Gish
- Golden Cat (1934)
- George Fisher Baker, a biography: With illustrations (1938), a biography of U.S. financier and philanthropist George Fisher Baker
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