/ Preface 

The reader will excuse us if certain

liberties are taken to conjecture and mythology.

the following presentations are sketches

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 to—