Fanny J. Crosby: An Autobiography

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Hendrickson Publishers, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 259 pages
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The life of the beloved hymn writer told in her own words.

Frances Jane Crosby (1820 - 1915), usually known as Fanny Crosby, was an American lyricist best known for her Protestant Christian hymns. She was one of the most prolific hymnists in history, writing over 8,000 hymns, despite being blind from shortly after birth. Also known for her preaching and speaking, during her lifetime Fanny Crosby was one of the best known women in the United States.

To this day the vast majority of American hymnals contain her work. Some of her best known songs include "Blessed Assurance," "Jesus Is Tenderly Calling You Home," "Praise Him, Praise Him," and "To God Be the Glory." Since some publishers were hesitant to have so many hymns by one person in their hymnals, Crosby used nearly 100 different pseudonyms during her career.

Fanny Crosby entered what was then known as the New York Institution for the Blind at the age of fifteen and afterward taught English and history (1847 - 58).

As a pupil and as a teacher, Fanny spent 35 years at the school. She was often asked to entertain visitors with her poems, and she frequently met with presidents, generals and other dignitaries. She was asked to play at President Grant's funeral. Her first book of poems, published in 1844, was called The Blind Girl and Other Poems.

After leaving the school, she dedicated her life to serving the poorest and the neediest. Supporting herself by her writing, she quickly gained fame for her hymns. Her usual fee was a mere two dollars which frequently went to her work with the poor. Her mission work is legendary as is her devotion to serving others above herself.

Long unavailable, this is the story (originally published in 1906 as Memories of Eighty Years) of a remarkable life, told by Miss Crosby herself.

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Review: Fanny J. Crosby: An Autobiography (Hendrickson Biographies)

User Review  - Melba - Goodreads

I enjoyed reading the book, but I have enjoyed books written by others about Fanny Crosby a lot better. I just like the way other books flow better, and this one was a bit hard to read for me - it didn't hold my attention as well. Read full review

Review: Fanny J. Crosby: An Autobiography (Hendrickson Biographies)

User Review  - Diana Petty-stone - Goodreads

Very interesting book about a lovely blind lady who wrote some very famous hymns. Read full review

Contents

Introductory Statement
1
Flowers That Never Fade
5
The Training of the Blind
13
First Visit to New York
19
Early Poetic Training
31
The Promise of an Education
37
Inspiration for Work
47
The Daily Task
57
Literary and Musical Memories
103
A Lesson in SelfReliance
111
Early Songs and Hymns
119
The Life of a HymnWriter
125
Two Great Evangelists
135
Other Literary and Musical Friendships
145
Work Among Missions
153
Events of Recent Years
165

Summer Vacations
65
Two Addresses Before Congress
77
A Peerless Trio of Public Men
85
Contrasted Events
95
Incidents of Hymns
175
A Few Tributes
205
Autobiographical Poems
217
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