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American Lives
Playing card. Portrait authors. Worcester, Mass.: Noyes & Snow, 1873.

Portrait authors, a game from the graphic arts collection, consists of sixty-four cards. Each card has a portrait of an author with his name at the head of the card under the class in which he is ranked, e.g., historian, poet, journalist, and novelist.

Jared Sparks (1789-1866), a prominent nineteenth-century historian and editor, published more than sixty volumes of historical works over a thirty-year period, including multi-volume biographical series, such as the 25-volume Library of American Biography (1834-1848).


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