During the era of the gospel song, a light, informal hymn written in the style of the popular ballad, Fanny Crosby reigned supreme. This would have encompassed, approximately, the years 1870 to 1920. Her hymns were sung all over the world. But Fanny Crosby was known for more than her hymns. She was one of the three most prominent (D.L. Moody and Ira Sankey were the others) in American evangelical religious life in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. She did more than write hymns. She was a famous preacher and lecturer and was a devoted home mission worker. She was venerated as practically a living saint in her later years; in fact she was often called "the Protestant saint" or "the Methodist saint." Fanny Crosby, in her ninety-five years, not only wrote around nine thousand hymns -- more than anybody else in recorded Christian history -- but also more than a thousand secular poems. In addition she was an eminent lecturer and a well-known musician, noted for her concerts on the harp and organ. - Introduction.
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Review: Fanny Crosby (1820-1915): The Hymn Writer (Heroes of the Faith)User Review - Clara Roberts - Goodreads
This book is printed in small fine print and was difficult to read. Also the witing is not particularly good. The author points out that Crosby had a decade of writing very good lyrics, every thing ... Read full review
Review: Fanny Crosby (1820-1915): The Hymn Writer (Heroes of the Faith)User Review - Joan - Goodreads
Fanny Crosby was born in Putnam, New York on March 20, 1820. Because of a botched treatment on her eyes, she became blind. It did not stop her in the least as she proceeded to play several instruments ... Read full review