by John Fiske
John Fiske was born on March 30, 1842 in Hartford, Connecticut as Edmund Fiske Green. Fiske was raised by his paternal grandmother who enjoyed an excellent education, learning Latin and Greek at a very early age, moving on to other languages as a teen, including Spanish, Hebrew and Sanskrit. He attended law school at Harvard, and opened up a practice in Boston in 1865. He quickly found he preferred teaching, and changed professions, focusing first on promoting the theory of evolution.
Fiske’s writings were praised for being readable and interesting, and the good reception spurred him on to pen many works. In addition to writing for popular publications, such as Atlantic Monthly, he wrote many popular books, including Myths and Mythmakers, The Discovery of America, and books intended for younger audiences, such as The War of Independence. He was a world famous historian, philosopher and educator when he passed away in East Glouchester, Massachusetts on July 4, 1901.
This new edition is dedicated to Lew Taylor, able editor and energetic historian.