Albert Paine

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Albert Paine.

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.[1]


Paine's house in Xenia.

Paine was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts and was moved to Bentonsport, Iowa when he was 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. The works were so well received in France that he was awarded the title of Chevalier in the Légion d'honneur by the French government.[1]

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

Selected bibliography[edit]

Books about Mark Twain[1][2]
  • 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)
  • Mark Twain's Speeches (editor, 1923)
Other biographies
Children's books
Travel books
Other books


  1. ^ a b c d "Albert B. Paine, 76, Biographer, Dead." The New York Times 1937-04-10: 19.
  2. ^ "Mark Twain in His Times Bibliography". Accessed 7 August 2006
  3. ^ Paine Albert Bigelow (1904). Th. Nast: His Period And His Pictures. New York: The MacMillan Company. Retrieved 2009-07-10.

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