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Thomas Edison

Inventor (11-Feb-1847 — 18-Oct-1931)


Michele Wehrwein Albion. The Florida Life of Thomas Edison. University Press of Florida. 2008. 264pp.

Rudolph Valier Alvarado. Thomas Edison. Indianapolis, IN: Alpha Books. 2002. 312pp.

Neil Baldwin. Edison: Inventing the Century. New Rochelle, NY: Hyperion. 1995. 531pp.

Roberta Baxter. Illuminated Progress: The Story of Thomas Edison. Greensboro, NC: Morgan Reynolds Pub.. 2009. 144pp.

George Sands Bryan. Edison: The Man and His Work. London: Alfred A. Knopf. 1924. 303pp.

Graves Glenwood Clark. Thomas Edison. Paris: Istra. 1950. 153pp.

David Colbert. Thomas Edison. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks. 2008. 153pp.

Theresa M. Collins; Lisa Gitelamn. Thomas Edison and Modern America: A Brief History with Documents. New York: Palgrave. 2002. 205pp.

Frederic Taber Cooper. Thomas A. Edison. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co.. 1914. 236pp.

Carol Cramer. Thomas Edison. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press. 2001. 239pp.

L. J. Davis. Fleet Fire: Thomas Edison and the Pioneers of the Electric Revolution. New York: Arcade Pub.. 2003. 350pp.

William K. L. Dickson; Antonia Dickson. The Life and Inventions of Thomas Alva Edison. London: Chatto & Windus. 1894. 362pp.

Mark Essig. Edison and the Electric Chair: A Story of Light and Death. Gloucestershire, England: Sutton Books. 2003. 358pp.

István Fodor. Edison: Sein Leben und Erfindens (His Life and Inventions). Berlin: E. Angel. 1926. 172pp.

Haig Gordon Garbodian. Thomas Alva Edison: Builder of Civilization. New York: Julian Messner. 1917. 231pp.

Michael J. Gelb; Sarah Miller Caldicott. Innovate Like Edison: The Success System of America's Greatest Inventor. New York: Dutton. 2007. 299pp.

Gordon Hendricks. The Edison Motion Picture Myth. University of California Press. 1961. 216pp.

George J. Hill. Edison's Environment: Invention and Pollution in the Career of Thomas Edison. Morristown, NJ: New Jersey Heritage Press. 2007. 474pp.

Paul Israel. Edison: A Life of Invention. John Wiley & Sons. 1998. 560pp.

Francis Arthur Jones. Thomas Alva Edison: Sixty Years of an Inventor's Life. London: Hodder and Stoughton. 1907. 375pp.

Jill Jonnes. Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World. Westminster, MD: Random House. 2003. 432pp.

Albert Keim; Louis Lumet. Edison. Amsterdam: Elsevier. 1922. 135pp.

E. C. Kenyon. Thomas Alva Edison: The Telegraph-Boy Who Became A Great Inventor. London: W. & R. Chambers. 1895. 128pp.

David Trumbull Marshall. Recollections of Edison. Boston: Christopher Publishing House. 1931. 117pp.

J. B. McClure. Edison and His Inventions. Chicago: Rhodes & McClure. 1879. 171pp.

Blaine McCormick. At Work with Thomas Edison: 10 Business Lessons from America's Greatest Innovator. Irvine, CA: Entrepreneur Press. 2001. 254pp.

Inez N. McFee. The Story of Thomas A. Edison. New York: Barse & Hopkins. 1922. 182pp.

William H. Meadowcroft. The Boys' Life of Edison. New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers. 1911. 272pp.

Tom Metzger. Blood and Volts: Edison, Tesla and the Electric Chair. Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia. 1997. 192pp.

Andre J. Millard. Edison and the Business of Innovation. Johns Hopkins University Press. 1990. 387pp.

Francis Trevelyan Miller. Thomas Edison. London: Longmans, Green & Co.. 1952. 132pp.

Penny Mintz. Thomas Edison: Inventing the Future. New York: Fawcett Columbine. 1990. 120pp.

Richard Moran. Executioner's Current: Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and the Invention of the Electric Chair. New York: A. A. Knopf. 2002. 271pp.

Mary Childs Nerney. Thomas A. Edison: A Modern Olympian. New York: H. Smith and R. Haas. 1934. 334pp.

Franz Pahl. Thomas Alva Edison: Der Erfinder (The Inventor). Leipzig, Germany: Voigtländer. 1900. 114pp.

Francis Rolt-Wheeler. Thomas Alva Edison. New York: The Macmillan Company. 1915. 201pp.

William Adams Simonds. Thomas Edison: Liv, Verk, Geni (Life, Works, Genius). Stockholm: Bokförlaget natur och kultur. 1938. 267pp.

Tom Smoot. The Edisons of Fort Myers: Discoveries of The Heart. Sarasota, FL: Pineapple Press, Inc.. 2004. 372pp.

Irvin D. Solomon. Thomas Edison: The Fort Myers Connection. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Press. 2001. 128pp.

Ew Sterner; Vagn Prytz. Edison. Copenhagen: Lohse. 1928. 252pp.

Randall E. Stross. The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World. New York: Three Rivers Press. 2007. 376pp.

Alfred O. Tate. Edison's Open Door: The Life Story of Thomas A. Edison, A Great Individualist. New York: E. P. Dutton. 1938. 320pp.

Byron Michael Vanderbilt. Thomas Edison, Chemist. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society. 1971. 373pp.

Wyn Wachhorst. Thomas Alva Edison: An American Myth. MIT Press. 1981. 328pp.

John F. Wasik. The Merchant of Power: Sam Insull, Thomas Edison, and the Creation of the Modern Metropolis. Gordonsville, VA: Palgrave Macmillan. 2006. 270pp.

Edward Wirth. Thomas Edison in West Orange. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub.. 2008. 127pp.


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  1. NNDB [link]

  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Public Information Research Namebase [link]

  5. Wikipedia [link]

  6. Library of Congress Name Authority [link]

  7. The Film Encyclopedia, 5th Edition (p.422)

  8. Encyclopedia of American Biography (p.335)

  9. 20th Century Culture: A Biographical Companion (p.203)

  10. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.201)

  11. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.463)

  12. Webster's American Biographies (p.311)

  13. Cassell Companion to Cinema (p.178)

  14. Chambers Film and TV Handbook (p.100)

  15. The Encyclopedia of Film (p.176)

  16. The Encyclopedia of Hollywood (p.140)

  17. The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (p.264)

  18. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.305)

  19. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.215)

  20. Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (p.297)

  21. Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography (p.201)

  22. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.162)

  23. Movers & Shakers: The 100 Most Influential Figures in Modern Business (pp.169-71)

  24. Concise Biographical Dictionary of Famous Men and Women (p.186)

  25. Who's Who in Modern History, 1860-1980 (p.114)

  26. Concise Dictionary of American Biography (p.262)

  27. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.2, p.13)

  28. Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientists (p.143)

  29. Legends in Their Own Time (p.74)

  30. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.125)

  31. Makers of 19th Century Culture: 1800-1914 (p.140)

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