The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher


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By Debby Applegate

Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.

Henry Ward Beecher. Fiery American preacher. Social reformer. Son of evangelist Lyman Beecher. Brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Advocate of women’s suffrage, temperance and Darwin’s theory of evolution. Foe of slavery. Accused adulterer whose sex scandal was one of the most sensational trials of the 19th century.

With the page-turning suspense of a novel and dramatic new historical evidence, Debby Applegate has written the definitive biography of this captivating, mercurial and sometimes infuriating figure whose life epitomizes the culture and conflicts of contemporary America. (Hardcover, Doubleday, 2006.)