William Jennings Bryan Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Cherny, Robert W. A Righteous Cause: The Life of William Jennings Bryan. Edited by Oscar Handlin. Boston and Toronto: Little, Brown and Company, 1985, 225 p.

Biography that focuses on Bryan as a crusader for progressive and humanitarian causes.

Coletta, Paolo E. William Jennings Bryan. 3 vols. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1964, 1200 p.

Comprehensive biography covering Bryan's life, career, and influence.

Hibben, Paxton. The Peerless Leader: William Jennings Bryan. Introduction by Charles A. Beard. New York: Farrar and Rinehart, 1929, 446 p.

Biography tracing Bryan's progress as a political leader.

Koenig, William W. Bryan: A Political Biography of William Jennings Bryan. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1971, 736 p.

Explores Bryan's political career.

Levine, Lawrence W. Defender of the Faith. William Jennings Bryan: The Last Decade, 1915-1925. New York: Oxford University Press, 1965, 386 p.

Explores Bryan's progression from a humanitarian reformer to a conservative religious fundamentalist in his last years.


Anderson, David D. William Jennings Bryan. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1981, 210 p.

Surveys Bryan's life and career.

Croly, Herbert. “William J. Bryan as a Reformer.” In The Promise of American Life, edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., pp. 154-60. Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1965.

Reviews Bryan's reform ideals and compares them with those of other major reformers of his period.

Curti, Merle Eugene. Bryan and World Peace. New York: Octagon Books, 1969, 262 p.

Examines Bryan's pacifism and its effect on official policies.

Garraty, John A. “Bryan: The Progressives, Part I.” American Heritage XIII, No. 1 (December 1961): 4-115.

Contrasts Bryan's early idealistic progressivism with his later religious and social conservatism, which was widely scorned.

Larson, Edward J. Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate over Science and Religion. New York: BasicBooks, 1997, 318 p.

Examines the Scopes trial and its place in American history.

Springen, Donald K. William Jennings Bryan: Orator of Small-Town America. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991, 194 p.

Explores Bryan's career as a public speaker, particularly in rural America.

Willey, Malcolm M., and Stuart A. Rice. “William Jennings Bryan as a Social Force.” The Journal of Social Forces II, No. 3 (March 1924): 338-44.

Discusses the influence of Bryan's fundamentalist speeches on students.