/ Preface 

The reader will excuse us if certain

liberties are taken to conjecture and mythology.

the following presentations are sketchesβ€”

not historical accounts. 


We read biographies to relate.

     We read them to fulfill our secret desires:

to see the traits of the talented and heroic in ourselves.

 Issues of scholarship will be set aside then,

to make ways for the greater, yet often forgotten 

purpose of biography: to inspire.


With that said,

without further ado,

let us introduce you toβ€”