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John Wilkes Booth

Assassin, Actor (10-May-1838 — 26-Apr-1865)


Alan Axelrod. Lincoln's Last Night: Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, and the Last 36 Hours before the Assassination. Penguin Group. 2005.

Finis Langdon Bates. The Escape and Suicide of John Wilkes Booth: or, The First True Account of Lincoln's Assassination: Containing a Complete Confession by Booth Many Years After the Crime. Naperville, IL: J. L. Nichols & Company. 1907.

Asia Booth Clarke. The Unlocked Book: A Memoir of John Wilkes Booth by His Sister. London: Faber and Faber. 1938. 199pp.

C. Wyatt Evans. The Legend of John Wilkes Booth: Myth, Memory, and a Mummy. University Press of Kansas. 2004. 269pp.

Izola Forrester. This One Mad Act: The Unknown Story of John Wilkes Booth and His Family. Boston: Hale, Cushman & Flint. 1937. 500pp.

James Cross Giblin. Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth. Clarion Books. 2005. 256pp.

Richard J. Gutman; Kellie O. Gutman. John Wilkes Booth Himself. Dover, MA: Hired Hand Press. 1979. 87pp.

Michael W. Kauffman. American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies. New York: Random House. 2004. 528pp.

Ernest C. Miller. John Wilkes Booth: Oilman. New York: Exposition Press. 1947. 78pp. Regarding Booth's purchase of shares in Botolph Oil and Mining Company in 1864. Based on interviews in Pennsylvania by Louis G. Mackey in 1894.

Theodore J. Nottingham. The Curse of Cain: The Untold Story of John Wilkes Booth. Access Publishers Network. 1997. 214pp.

Gordon Samples. Lust for Fame: The Stage Career of John Wilkes Booth. McFarland & Co.. 1982. 238pp.

Gene Smith. American Gothic: The Story of America's Legendary Theatrical Family: Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth. Simon & Schuster. 1992. 286pp.

Philip Van Doren Stern. The Man Who Killed Lincoln: The Story of John Wilkes Booth and His Part in the Assassination. New York: Random House. 1939. 376pp.

George A. Townsend. The Life, Crime, and Capture of John Wilkes Booth: With a Full Sketch of the Conspiracy of which he was the Leader, and the Pursuit, Trial, and Execution of His Accomplices. New York: Dick & Fitzgerald. 1865. 70pp.

Elden C. Weckesser. His Name Was Mudd: The Life of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, Who Treated the Fleeing John Wilkes Booth. McFarland & Company. 1991. 242pp.

Francis Wilson. John Wilkes Booth: Facts and Fiction of Lincoln's Assassination. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin. 1929. 322pp.


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  1. NNDB [link]

  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Broadway Database [link]

  4. Wikipedia [link]

  5. Library of Congress Name Authority [link]

  6. Encyclopedia of American Biography (p.117)

  7. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.179)

  8. Webster's American Biographies (p.118)

  9. The Oxford Companion to American Literature, 5th Edition (p.84)

  10. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.123)

  11. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.77)

  12. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.62)

  13. Concise Dictionary of American Biography (p.90)

  14. Legends in Their Own Time (p.29)

  15. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.356)

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